Google Really is Giving Away Free Nexus One and Droid Handsets to Developers

Last night I was both very pleasantly surprised and somewhat scared when I got email with the following snippet:

“Due to your contribution to the success of Android Market, we would like to present you with a brand new Android device as part of our developer device seeding program. You are receiving this message because you’re one of the top developers in Android Market with one or more of your applications having a 3.5 star or higher rating and more than 5,000 unique downloads.”

Naturally, I was reluctant since I’ve had one too many letters promising me everything from the free Viagra to 1,000,000.00 British pounds.  Further, the email was linking me to not very officially looking form at Google docs. So I inquired. Two emails and 12 hours later it turns that this is not a hoax or elaborate phishing attempt. Indeed, I was pointed to this article as proof that this is real.

Yes, I do have an app that qualifies and yes I filled up the form! I’m excited and I also think that this is a very, very smart move on part of Google which will undoubtedly recruit more developers.  For those who don’t qualify, perhaps this might push them to try harder to deliver better apps.  The devices offered vary by market but in US it’s ether Nexus One or Motorola Droid. No disrespect to you happy Droid owners but dear Google, can I have a Nexus pleeeze? I will keep you posted but it seems that Android-freebie season is in a full swing!

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25 Comments

    • droidin
      March 03, 23:14 Reply

      Thanks. The way I figured if I get a second job as a night watchman I would make $500 in just 2 weeks, so I don't think that learning programming to get a free N1/Droid is very economical :) But then – I love to do it!

  1. TomTasche
    March 04, 07:01 Reply

    I filled up the form too, but I'm not sure if it was successful. Did you get a confirmation-mail afterwards?

    Tom

    • @phillyandroid
      March 04, 14:49 Reply

      @TomTasche I did not get a confirmation mail, but I think that's because it is a Google Docs form.

  2. Repairman
    March 04, 02:17 Reply

    As the "proud" owner of a Droid, I don't blame you for not wanting this thing. It's broke and everyone who ownes one that I have spoken with is praying for the 2.1 update. And that it happens soon!

  3. Jake
    March 04, 15:35 Reply

    Where is a link to the form? Do you have to be invited? I seem to cover the criteria in spades and I don't have any e-mail like this.

    • Jake
      March 04, 15:44 Reply

      Big whoops. I deleted it thinking it was spam. Glad I saw the article…

  4. Mutia
    June 15, 05:28 Reply

    whoa i'm very interested..

    • nining
      July 20, 15:38 Reply

      im so inerested oo,, it was cooll,,

  5. arieff
    July 08, 07:29 Reply

    As the "proud" owner of a Droid, I don't blame you for not wanting this thing. It's broke and everyone who ownes one that I have spoken with is praying for the 2.1 update. And that it happens soon!

  6. ardhan
    July 10, 04:11 Reply

    i like this phone, but it too expensive for me to buy :(

  7. eric
    July 12, 08:08 Reply

    smart…
    i luff this spect…
    :)

  8. learnandroid
    July 14, 08:36 Reply

    I missed the news
    I really want nexus one to develop applications

  9. tedted
    July 15, 10:14 Reply

    wowowow i'm very interested. design and color make that phone very lux and elegant

  10. khay
    July 17, 17:25 Reply

    great post!! like this :p

  11. Zazizizou
    August 24, 13:45 Reply

    Seems to be a very intelligent move, indeed. I haven’t tried the Motorola Droid but the Nexus One looks very nice! Especially in Europe with multi-touch and the REAL multitask ;)

  12. chad
    September 17, 11:58 Reply

    this is the worlds best cell phone by farr i just wish thy would sell them again

  13. chad
    September 17, 11:58 Reply

    NEXUS ONE is the best cellphone by farr

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