Mar 02 AT 7:01 PM Taylor Wimberly 86 Comments

Google rewards Android devs with free phones in new seeding program

Google sent out emails today informing users of a new Device Seeding Program for top Android Market Developers. Developers who have an application in the Android Market with a 3.5 star rating (or higher) and 5000 unique downloads qualify to receive a free Motorola Droid or Nexus One. Devs are not allowed to pick which phone they receive and models are decided depending on your country of origin and other factors.

No word on how many actually qualify for this, but it looks like several thousand devs will be rewarded with Android 2.x phones soon.

Update: I see a lot of people think this offer is too good to be true and have concerns of a phishing scam. I’ve reached out to my contact at Google and will post a response if I get one. From what I can tell, the email appeared to be legit.

Update 2: Roman Nurik, Android Developer Relations for Google, states that this is real on the official Android Developers Google Group.

Update 3: I received a second confirmation from an official Google spokesperson:

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

Due to your contribution to the success of Android Market, we would like to present you with a brand new Android device as part of our developer device seeding program. You are receiving this message because you’re one of the top developers in Android Market with one or more of your applications having a 3.5 star or higher rating and more than 5,000 unique downloads.

In order to receive this device, you must click through to this site, read the terms and conditions of the offer and fill out the registration form to give us your current mailing address so that we can ship your device.

You will receive either a Verizon Droid by Motorola or a Nexus One. Developers with mailing addresses in the US will receive either a Droid or Nexus one, based on random distribution. Developers from Canada, EU, and the EEA states (Norway, Lichtenstein), Switzerland, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Singapore will receive a Nexus One. Developers with mailing addresses in countries not listed above will not receive a phone since these phones are not certified to be used in other countries.

We hope that you will enjoy your new device and continue to build more insanely popular apps for Android!Eric ChuAndroid Mobile Platform

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