September 2, 2014

Google Offering Truly Unlocked G1's to Developers

Attention aspiring Android developers based in countries like the United States, UK, Germany, Japan, India, Canada, France, Taiwan, and around ten others.  You can now get a completely unlocked G1 handset from Google.  This means that neither the SIM card nor the hardware is locked down with any restrictions.

For those of you AT&T folk wanting to get your hands on a G1, this is your ticket.  All you have to do is pretend that you want to develop an app for Android.  There’s just a $25 registration fee on top of that $399 no-contract price T-Mobile offers their customers.  Not bad huh?

The Android Dev Phone 1 is a SIM-unlocked and hardware-unlocked device that is designed for advanced developers. The device ships with a system image that is fully compatible with Android 1.0, so you can rely on it when developing your applications. You can use any SIM in the device and can flash custom Android builds that will work with the unlocked bootloader. Unlike the bootloader on retail devices, the bootloader on the Android Dev Phone 1 does not enforce signed system images. The Android Dev Phone 1 should also appeal to developers who live outside of T-Mobile geographies. – Devices for Developers

Just be careful with your new unlocked G1.  Because you’ll be able to do essentially anything you want to it, the potential certainly exists for bricking it.

Personally, we’re jealous of that sweet looking case.  We want to ditch the T-Mobile logo on the front and pick up the Android guy and a cool drawing on the battery cover too!

Thanks to Nick from HTC Source for the heads up this morning.