Jan 22 AT 3:30 PM Taylor Wimberly 17 Comments

Google to bribe game devs with free Android phones

One of our top gripes when comparing Android to the iPhone OS is the lack of quality games. This is unfortunate because the Droid features a similar PowerVR GPU as the iPhone 3Gs and the Nexus One is the fastest superphone available.

Google has realized this and decided to team up with the Game Developers Conference to hand out free Android phones to all the devs attending. Those who qualify for a free phone will be allowed to pick from the Motorola Droid or the Google Nexus One. Attendees must register by February 4th, so head over to the GDC site now and sign up if you plan on attending.

From the official Android Developers blog: To better support this trend, we are increasing our support of Android game development. As a first step, we will be presenting a number of Android sessions at the Game Developers Conference on March 9th and 10th in San Francisco. The sessions will be technical and will include everything you need to know about Android game development in Java or C++. Engineers from the Android team will also be available to answer your questions. Whether you are new to the platform or already have games in development, we would love to meet you face-to-face, answer your questions, and see what you’re working on. Be sure to keep checking the GDC site because we’ll be adding more sessions.

To qualify for the free Android phone, you need to:

  1. Be a paid, registered attendee to GDC 2010 with either an All Access or Summits and Tutorials pass. GDC comp attendees, speakers, press, and conference associates are not eligible to receive a device.
  2. Register by the Early Bird Deadline of February 4th, 2010.
  3. Register to attend the GDC Mobile/Handheld Summit, the iPhone Summit, or the Independent Games Summit (accessible by either the GDC All Access or Summits and Tutorials Pass).
  4. Check the opt-in box to receive a device from Google and GDC during the registration process. Existing registrants may elect to return to your registration profile and update your opt-in selection.

p.s. Don’t forget about our Android Events Calendar. We have added the GDC event along with several other new Android meetups.

Via: Android Developers Blog

Source: GDC

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  1. BryanGuest 5 years ago

    I wonder if this means they’re going to release a new NDK/game SDK at MWC???

  2. Michael MartinGuest 5 years ago

    Taylor,

    I think Apple’s new policy of removing apps with simply a competitor’s formal complaint – http://www.googleandblog.com/android-gamers-play/31424/ – will get more game developers to Android than free phones, but that does help :)

    ,Michael Martin
    GoogleAndBlog

  3. BrakGuest 5 years ago

    “the Nexus One is the fastest superphone available”

    How about only superphone available? Considering they’re going to plaster it with that stupid moniker, and if to be repeated here, might as well commit fully and leave it in its own separate category

  4. Mitsu8Guest 5 years ago

    Well let’s hope we get some great games. That’s pretty much the only thing missing from Android. The N1 (aka Superphone) needs awesome 3d games.

  5. WadeGuest 5 years ago

    I think the lack of good hardware is what has held back games on Android. Hopefully that will change now that there are some phones out with decent processing power.

  6. TerenceGuest 5 years ago

    Naw even the G1 can run a decent 3D game if you close out background processes…what we need is onboard memory in the likes of the Iphone. Or at the very least native apps2sd support. I mean, we could put those 16gb cards to real use eh?

  7. jer@nyquil.orgGuest 5 years ago

    Actually, qualified participants don’t get to choose. The Droids and Nexuses will be distributed via random distribution.

  8. dot.dotGuest 5 years ago

    Low end hardware, fragmentation and app storage are all hindering android game developement. Hopefully google fixes that. This is a great idea tho

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