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Google entices Android developers with free phones

Google entices Android developers with free phones

Google is trying to pull the rug from under Apple's feet by tempting its most talented app developers with promises of free gifts, it has been claimed.

News of the apparent freebies policy emerged in an article in the New York Times in which a developer claimed he had been contacted by Google and offered complimentary phones as a sweetener to support its Android platform.

He said: "[A Google representative] wanted to open a line of communication with me in case I chose to port [an iPhone app] to Android and he offered to ship me a free Nexus One to play around with."

The developer then contrasted this with the experience his team had when trying to get their app onto the App Store.

He stated: "It took us about three months of resubmitting our app to Apple before they stopped rejecting it for inappropriate content.

"And even now - after we peaked at the number seven paid app - we still have no relationship with anyone there."

There seems to be a growing concern in the media and the app development community itself over the way in which Apple handles the induction of new apps for the iPhone to its App Store online software market.

Neither Google nor Apple would comment on the letter and its implications. It does however suggest that Google could have a relatively easy task ahead if it is planning to entice more iPhone app developers over to its platform.

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