>> So, introduce your company.
>>WHITE: Okay.>>And a brief overview of the application.
>>WHITE: Okay. My name is David White. I’m with FlightStats. We’re a data company.
We track about 150,000 airline flights a day and report out on their status. We supervise
airport delay information, weather and airline information. We also supply data to Google.
If you, if you type a flight number into the Google Onebox or text the flight number to
Google SMS, you’ll get our data back and response. We got enthusiastic about the Android
platform after supplying data to mobile developers and some of the other popular platforms, and
decided that we were doing our app for Android. It was an interesting platform play for us.
We were enthusiastic about the growth potential and the growth potential worldwide as we supply
data for global flights. The development went pretty well, surprisingly, quickly. The environment
was very similar to Java environment that we develop our own apps in, and things went
pretty well.>>So, can you tell us a little bit behind
your decision on the Android platform?>>WHITE: As I mentioned, the development
environment looked friendly to us and familiar. It was a good business decision we think,
even know the volume of sales on the Android phones is low to date. We expect them really
tremendous growth in some key markets for us. So, the technical decision was pretty
easy. The business decision seemed a little risky, given the early state of the Android
platform. But given the announcements at the I/O about the number of phones going out this
year, we’re pretty certain we made the right decision.
>>Had there been any technical challenges that you tried to deal with?
>>WHITE: Nothing really major. I think most of the decisions we had to make were really
about user experience and understanding what was possible with the Android platform and
the tools that were provided. Some of the challenges I think we’ll be facing ahead have
to do with interoperability with other apps and the [INDISTINCT] and things like that.
>>Are there any new features in Cupcake that you’ve been able take advantage of?
>>WHITE: Yeah, we have a version we haven’t made available yet because the T-Mobile Cupcake
update, I guess, is not quite done yet. But we were able to implement a widget for our
flight status application. So, it display your safe flights on you home screen, and
with one touch you can update the status on all your safe lights and quickly see how you’re
doing, whether your flights on time or delayed.>>Are there any tips or tricks that you’ve
been able to do on the Android platform that you haven’t able to do on other platforms?
>>WHITE: Well, the widget was actually a lot easier to implement than we thought. Google
encouraged to us to do that to help them to show off the widget capability and the platform,
and it turned out to be a pretty simple thing, and we’re hoping that the users will really
like it and take advantage of that.>>What’s your favorite aspect of the Android
platform?>>WHITE: One thing that’s really appealing
beyond the widget thing is that you can keep multiple apps open on your phone. That’s
the limitation I run into as an iPhone user. Android get your past and so we’re looking
forward to interoperability with other travel apps, applications that might help guide you
through other parts of your trip, might access flight data and flight status from FlightStats
for Android and present it to you through their apps. So we’re looking forward to
that, definitely.>>All right. And other features in your apps
that’s developed on top of Android that do not exist on other platform?
>>WHITE: Well, so far, just the widget I think. Otherwise, you’ll be seeing features
that you may have seen on iPhone travel apps that use our data, but we’re definitely
exploring the platform and looking for us from other opportunities to really kind of
plumb the depths of the Android platform.>>Well, I want to thank you for time today.
>>WHITE: Okay. Thank you.>>Great show.