The new Star Trek Into Darkness app gives exclusive access to content and Starfleet Academy

If you're counting down the days until J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek Into Darkness” opens in theaters, there's a new app in Google Play you'll want to give a look. Simply titled the Star Trek App, you'll be presented with missions to complete, and as a reward you'll get exclusive access to special content upon completing them.

The missions involve things like virtual scavenger hunts -- where you scan photos or other imagery, use audio, or are location aware. These use the latest tech from Qualcomm, such as the Qualcomm Labs’ Gimbal platform and Qualcomm Vuforia augmented reality tool. The Start Trek App is one of the first commercially released app to use these platforms, which we first heard about at CES.

In addition, users will have access to the latest news about the upcoming film, and be able to have assets like video, wallpapers, and images delivered directly to their device. The app is free, runs on Froyo or higher, and you can download it at the Google Play link above. The full press release is after the break.

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HOLLYWOOD, CA (February 1, 2013) – “STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS” first of its kind application, based on J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Paramount Pictures film, is now available to download for free from the App Store and Google Play. Users who have the app will have unprecedented access to all STAR TREK content, as well as the opportunity to

participate in missions and win valuable prizes.

Utilizing the latest technologies from Qualcomm Incorporated, such as Qualcomm Labs’ Gimbal™ platform and Qualcomm Vuforia™ augmented reality platform, the app will allow users to delve deeper into the Star Trek universe by interacting directly with materials from the eagerly awaited film to unlock additional content and experiences.

The users collect points, see content, and work their way through the Star Trek Academy.

The app was first announced on January 7th, 2013 at the Consumer Electronic Show, during Qualcomm’s Chairman and CEO Dr. Paul E. Jacobs’ keynote address demonstrating the ability to “harness the power of the smartphone to bridge the digital and physical world, allowing the studio to market the film in the real world and simultaneously bring users into the film’s story and world.”

To download the app, visit

  • Highlights of the “STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS” app include:
  • A geofencing function for location-based experiences such as encouraging viewers to go to the movies;
  • An audio scan function that can be turned on to automatically recognize and reward users for watching “STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS” content on TV and other media;
  • An image scan function that enables users to interact with images printed or viewable in the real world;
  • New “STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS” content, such as videos, images and wallpapers delivered directly to users’ mobile devices;
  • Exclusive opportunities and special offers only available to app users.

“STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS” is written by Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman & Damon Lindelof and directed by J.J. Abrams. Abrams is producing with Bryan Burk through Bad Robot Productions, along with Lindelof, Kurtzman and Orci. Jeffrey Chernov and Skydance Productions’ David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Paul Schwake are the executive producers.

“STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS” opens in theaters everywhere May 17th, 2013.

Jerry Hildenbrand
Senior Editor — Google Ecosystem

Jerry is an amateur woodworker and struggling shade tree mechanic. There's nothing he can't take apart, but many things he can't reassemble. You'll find him writing and speaking his loud opinion on Android Central and occasionally on Twitter.

  • Can't wait to May 17! :) I'll have to play with the app in the meantime. :)
  • A good trick with this is that I downloaded it on my ipad and my nexus 4 then opened the missions on both devices and scanned my ipad with my phone to get credit. (you are susposed to scan the image in a magazine or a poster)
  • <3 cheatz :)
  • Love my job, since I've been bringing in $5600… I sit at home, music playing while I work in front of my new iMac that I got now that I'm making it online(Click on menu Home)
  • You can just scan the images as they are online too.
  • While you're waiting for Star Trek Into Darkness in May, I'd like to perform a bit of blatant self-promotion. <blatant-self-promotion> I'm a huge Star Trek nerd. See post above. I went full nerd and wrote a full-length Star Trek fan fiction novel. It's online, it's free, and you should read it. Because I said so. Here's a link: <blatant-self-promotion>
  • very crashy for me on nexus 4 with cm 10.1M. won't stay open for more than a minute or so without force closing. it's a cool concept though.
  • How do you get by the starfleet task
  • You mispelled "Star Drek". I will not honor that piece of crap with the name Star Trek. Any true Star Trek fan will ignore the app, and steal the movie.
  • You sir give scifi nerds a bad name. -Suntan
  • Croatia: This item cannot be installed in your device's country. I am sick of this :(
  • Same here in New Zealand. Not impressed..
  • Same in the UK.
  • Enjoy all this on Lava's new phablet at less than $200!
  • Seriously? Not compatible with Nexus 7
  • Can anyone tell me if I can get this on my Kindle HD 8.9"? I've ordered the tablet but I haven't received it yet - and a few Google searches brought me here, but no answers to my questions. So, any info would be appreciated. Thanks in advance & live long and prosper. P.S. My birthday is May 15th, and so is my Trekkie mother-in-law's birthday, so it'd be really sweet if we could see the movie that day.