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Android developers encouraged with free phones

Android developers encouraged with free phones

In an attempt to avoid fragmentation within its online software store, Google has told all Android developers that they can receive a free Nexus One or Motorola Milestone.

Google wants to get developers working on apps that are designed for the latest versions of Android, both 2.0 and 2.1.

According to reports, many are still labouring on products for older smartphones, despite the slew of Android phones to have come to market sporting the newest iterations of its operating system.

In order to qualify for a free smartphone, a developer must have an app on the Android Market with a 3- star rating, or a total download record which exceeds 5000.

Only US developers will be getting their hands on a Motorola Milestone (which is known as the Droid over there).

Worldwide developers, including those working in the UK, will be given a Nexus One or nothing at all, although few are likely to turn their noses up to Google's first smartphone.

A Google press release stated: "We hope that offering devices to developers will make it easier for them to create and test great applications.

"This is in line with other efforts to support developers, which also includes our Android Developer Labs World Tour and our upcoming participation at the Game Developers Conference".

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