April 24, 2014

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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