So, you've got an idea for the best app never to hit Android, and you know it'll take the world by storm once you get it published. There's just one problem: you don't know Java from an Indonesian island. You could quit your job, shop around for investors, hire programming talent, and try to make it on your own. Or you could submit your app idea to Dandy and let the people decide.
The beta service has a funding capability, but that's where the similarities to Kickstarter stop. Prospective app makers submit their idea, which then gets voted on by Dandy members. If the idea passes the threshold, Dandy will put the creator in touch with developers for Android, iOS, Windows Phone, or Blackberry. Once the app is published, revenue is shared between all parties. Dandy's tagline, "It takes a community to raise an app," gets the message across succinctly.
It's a great idea, especially for those who wouldn't otherwise be able to enter the development arena, out of lack of capability or inclination. Which isn't to say that there aren't a few pitfalls: if Dandy is selecting the developers, how will the submitters vet them for quality? How can you ensure that the app gets regular updates a year down the road, when those same devs might be assigned to another project? Will it be possible to develop free apps using Dandy?
All these questions will have to wait for a while. Dandy is in closed beta at the moment, and the invitations aren't exactly flowing. If anyone's managed to get in, be sure and share your experiences - the next great Android app might just hang in the balance.