Google Is Giving Free Phones To Developers

Google seems to know what it takes to build a new platform because has been investing a lot in the developer community. Even before Android officially shipped Google kicked off the first Android Developer Challenge. The first challenge awarded 10 teams with $275,000; another 10 teams were awarded $100,000 each, and each of the top 50 finalists received $25,000. The second challenge presented fewer total prizes, with the overall winner being awarded $250,000. Those dollar amounts are pretty good incentive for developers to write Android programs for the contests.

In another step towards rewarding developers, developers who have an application with a 3.5 star or higher rating in the Market and more than 5,000 unique downloads will be given either a new Nexus One or Motorola Droid. As you can tell by the reaction of this developer, this is a very good move by Google because it rewards developers for their work and provides them a phone with the latest version of Android to test applications. It will be interesting to see whether Microsoft provide similar incentives for developers to write programs for Windows Phone 7 Series.