Out of curiosity, I wonder if the same people who ripped on Google for “bribing” developers to write applications for Android will be saying similar things about the iFund teased today.
Back in November, Google announced the $10 million Android Developer Challenge.
Fifty most promising entries submitted by March 3 will each receive a $25,000 award to fund further development. Those selected will then be eligible for even greater recognition via ten $275,000 awards and ten $100,000 awards.
Today, the “one more thing” from Steve Jobs was the announcement of a $100 million iFund. Although not officially rolled out, we know a little bit about it. According to Jobs, it is “a way to help young developers with funding.” Are they trying to one-up Google? Perhaps. More pressing to me is the question I posed at the top.
Will the same people deriding Google for getting the ball rolling on development have the rose-tinted glasses on when talking about Apple’s similar plan?