Google Giving Free Nexus One Smartphones To Developers

Google is keen to get more developers like the prolific Edward Kim to code for the Android platform and has sent out a letter to some of them to inform them that they may receive a Nexus One as part of the company's "device seeding program".

Developers will need to have a 3.5 star rating with at least one application that have attracted a minimum of 5,000 downloads to qualify. Coders from Canada, the EU, Norway, Lichtenstein, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Taiwan, or Singapore will receive the handsets if they are selected.

According to Techcrunch, in the US, the developers will may receive a Droid rather than Nexus One (ed : better something than nothing though). Such a display of generosity have had some asking whether the whole thing wasn't a scam in the first place.

However, Google sent a statement saying that "A thriving developer community is an important part of creating a better mobile experience for users around the world. We hope that offering devices to developers will make it easier for them to create and test great applications."

It has been suggested that around 2,000 phones will be given away by Google during this campaign but already some are complaining that some countries like Australia have been unceremoniously left out.

Our Comments

Just a thought, Maybe Google is looking to get rid of all those Nexus One before Apple gets an injunction against HTC over the alleged patent violations. Seriously though, Google is doing the right thing by giving them a superphone and allowing them to use it and code for it.

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