May 02 AT 10:36 AM Clark Wimberly 67 Comments

Oh snap! Developers: Check out this Qualcomm Dual Core Snapdragon MDP MSM8660

UPDATE: The contest is over, but the video below is still totally awesome. Check it out!

A couple of days ago I received a shipment that just may qualify as the coolest thing to show up at my doorstep since I started running this site. The only downside to my awesome delivery is that I’m supposed to pass it along to one of you. My loss is definitely your gain as now one of you has a chance at winning a brand-spanking new Qualcomm Dual Core Snapdragon MDP MSM8660.

For the uninitiated, the MDP is a developer smartphone based on the MSM8660 chipset from Qualcomm. Its got a custom dual core 1.5 GHz CPU powering a 3.8″ WVGA screen with an Adreno 220 GPU and a 13 megapixel camera. Whaaaaaat? Yeah. For real, check out the video and data sheet blurb below:

Qualcomm’s MSM8660-based Snapdragon Mobile Development Platform (MDP) enables 3rd party application developers and manufacturers to create, optimize, test and showcase, rich multimedia and graphics-intensive applications for a wide range of mobile devices.

The MSM8660-based Snapdragon MDP is a robust development platform with tightly integrated hardware and software powered by Qualcomm’s second-generation enhanced 1.5 GHz CPU. It brings together the development platform and debug tools developers and manufacturers need to accelerate the development of their applications, all optimized for mobile devices built on Qualcomm’s MSM8660-based Snapdragon chipset.

Applications developers can use the Snapdragron MDP to create applications with features such as high-definition video and exceptional graphics with dedicated 2D and 3D engines. As a test platform, the Snapdragon MDP runs applications in a true mobile phone environment, giving you a rich and dynamic mobile experience from the end-users’ perspective – well before your applications go to market.BSQUAREMDP MSM8660 Data Sheet

Contest rules: For developers only

As you might have noticed, this isn’t your average phone. This thing is aimed squarely at a working developer. The device has WiFi support but there is no cellular connectivity. Brand new, the MDP costs $1350. We want to make sure this kit lands in the hand of a working developer or studio, so entries are limited folks with the following qualifications:

  • Must have application(s) available in the Android Market
  • Must have serious, demonstrable work towards a major Android release

To enter, simply leave a comment on this post explaining what you’d use the MDP for. Would you use it to improve you existing application? To build a new super app? Leave a comment below and make sure to use a valid email so we can contact the winner. We’ll be verifying the winning comment (which will be drawn at random) to make sure the winner is a working developer. Only one entry per contestant. We’ll draw and announce a winner this Wednesday (5/4/11).

If you’re not a developer, this contest is not for you, but don’t fret! We’ve got plenty of awesome reader contests coming up soon. Just use this as an opportunity to go say thanks to your favorite dev and tell him about this contest then maybe you can be the awesome one for a while.

Uplinq 2011 Conference, 30% off

In addition to the free MDP, Qualcomm was nice enough to send along a discount code for registration to Uplinq 2011. Using the code AND123 will score you 30% off registration to the conference, which is being held in San Diego on Jun 1-2. Angie and I were lucky enough to score a couple press passes and will be on hand to witness all the new mobile hotness.

In conclusion, for the skimmers: we’re giving away an MDP to a developer, we’re attending Uplinq in San Diego on June 1-2, you can get it on all the action.

Update: Congratulations to Adam S! Enjoy the new powerful new tools!

Clark is a developer living in Austin, Texas. He runs ClarkLab, a small web firm with his wife, Angie. He's a big fan of usability, standards, and clean design.

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  • http://Website ChainsDD

    If I were to win the MDP, I’d use it to speed development of Superuser and my other apps, as well as help me ensure stability and usability on the widest array of devices possible. Plus it’s pretty damn cool :-)

  • Colin

    I would use the MDP to further develop the two apps that I have in the market. I would also like to get into developing apps that use augmented reality. With a processor that fast image processing should be a snap!

  • strazz

    I’d use it for my malware detection projects and my defcon proof of concepts of course :)

  • http://Website Eric

    If I won this phone, I would become the best damn Android developer around. While I don’t have any apps currently on the market, I am working on an app that should become quite popular when released!

  • hank_moody

    Just having another device would be a blessing, our Android application is just a small part of our many offerings so getting additional devices for development and QA added to the budget is very difficult

  • http://Website Faruq Rasid

    This would be an awesome device for a game I had in mind. Imagine an augmented reality mmo while able to do real-time identifying of a person. All through the 13mp camera of the device.

  • http://Website Stericson

    If I won this super phone I’d use it to help further develop all of my existing apps as well as helping to develop or re introduce a lock screen based on a popular ROM. Might even try to get Cyanogen running on it :)

  • NPHHaru

    Got a few of these around the office (and we’ll be at Uplinq – giving a talk/session) – very, very mean hardware.

  • http://Website Pat M

    If I’m the winner, I can use this to help with the dev of my student education search app.

  • http://Website Paul Hunnisett

    I would use this to help with testing in my future development work.

  • http://Website Yoni

    It’d give me a good excuse to go beyond the safety of the million-plus installs of my current apps on the Market and start mucking about with libgdx; it’d be cool to use that horsepower to try out some realtime image processing code using openCV, too.

  • http://Website Jesse

    The 13MP Camera and processing power on this thing would be great for a project that I’ve been exploring, but the current Android testing unit (Samsung Moment) is too slow and the camera sucks.

  • Armando

    I would use it to develop some apps that I have been working on but had to stop due to my phone breaking. This would save me the time & money of buying a new development phone.

  • PhaseBurn

    If I won this phone, I’d use it to develop a few new live wallpapers and other apps as I get more familiar with Android development, leading possibly to a Cyanogenmod release on this platform (ultimate goal)

  • ernest leitch

    If I won this phone it would go a long way toward helping me develop the next major revision of my app currently listed in the market: livid liquid karaoke

  • http://Website teleknEsis

    This phone (and 13 MP camera) would be pretty awesome to use in the development of the facial recognition app I’m currently working on for the Android Homecoming / contest! Plus, having recently switched my career from web developer to full-time Android R&D I’m sure this beast will come in handy as my company continues to try and stay at the fore-front of technology

  • Travis

    I would finally be able to show the rest of the office why we should concentrate more time on android dev, and not just iphone. It would also drive the boss crazy, hahaha. Been trying to convince for awhile, this is just what I need to win the war.

  • http://Website Rob Isakson

    If I got this amazing device, I would use it to further development of the apps I have in the market, as well as kick start the game I’ve been designing.

  • Craig

    If I were to win this device, I would use it to further develop my current Android apps and use the awesome power to work on developing a FPS and help with CM development on the phone as well.

  • http://Website Donq

    I’m not a developer so don’t send me this device! Haha, but seriously it’s so cool that Qualcomm is doing sometihng like this.

  • David Barry

    I am an independent developer that currently uses an HTC hero (cdma) version to develop on. I have an app I want to develop that will save lives and would like to discuss it with you.

  • http://Website Kyle Finn

    I would use it as a test-bed for learning how to work with the android kernel along with a test-phone for many other miscellaneous development experiments. I am also interested in making usb drivers to use it as a mobile keyboard synthesizer sound module.

  • Mike Leahy

    If I happened to win I would use the MDP / MSM8660 to test the Adreno 220 GPU and make sure there are no flaws that Qualcomm has overlooked in OpenGL ES 1.x and 2.x support. I would run several 3D tests and ensure that the TyphonRT middleware runs on it correctly. I would use the dual core aspect of the SoC to test multi-core development and facilities in TyphonRT and attempt to get them ready for other developers to use when this device is released in the wild; this device would be a good comparison with the Tegra 2 in that regard. Basically I’d put it through it’s paces and inform Qualcomm if there are any perceived flaws so that they could fix them before release later this year.

  • Mobicartel – Matthew Patience

    Mobicartel really REALLY wants this! We have lots of apps in the market, most of which are free! Not to mention we’ve got the best Twitter client for Android tablets about to be released, TwitHaus (

    We would use this device to work on an app that we are working on that goes by the name of Project SATURN. I can’t say anymore, but trust me, you will drool over this app.

    Twitter: @MatthewPatience

    Thanks so much!

  • Gerad Munsch

    This would be a perfect development platform for the prototype car computer (running Android, of course) that I am designing. It would be loaded with sensors to make driving a safer, more integrated, and more interesting experience. Imagine having total control over your driving experience, whether it be via voice, touch, or checking on your car remotely via your phone or internet.

  • pixeladdikt

    i would use the new MDP – MSM8660 to develop a new Flash+Flex hybrid running as a native Adobe air app on the device w/ flash player 10.2 – a next generation video mobile e-commerce app that is both engaging and highly interactive – i’m architecting a visual & dynamic video app that would utilize the dual core processor & Adreno 220 GPU to its fullest potential – in 2011 smartphone hardware is finally in a state that apps like these can get developed without the loss of quality graphics, 3D transitions & smooth video playback – we’ll put it to good use – no doubt – #mobicartel

  • Matthew Jones

    I’m the maintainer and developer of the open source MobileOrg application… I have limited access to hardware to support my device, though my application is used by people all over the world. I’d use it to extend the application further. There is a laundry list of awesome features my users would love to see… I would love to implement those features and start new Android projects to link open source applications with their users on mobile devices.

  • Vivek Iyer

    I am the developer for the app Corporate Addressbook ( ). This is a free and open source app ( ), and has close to 15000 active installs (and 30k downloads) with an average rating of 4.5. As you can see I am an Android developer ( and a good one at that ), and have given to the community :). It would be great if you could give some back to me, so I can work on my next app (don’t want to let the cat out of the bag yet ).

    I promise to use the MDP to improve my current app ( I already have a bunch of pending feature requests ) and work on my new app. So please please pick me.

  • http://Website ACR

    I would put it on eBay.

  • http://Website Bara Kathawa

    So I don’t have an app on the market yet, but I DO have an app in development that’s pretty far along. Assuming I win, I’ll gladly show it to the Android and Me admin (first look!) to prove that I’m a developer :p

    If I won, though, I’d use to make my app better before release and use it to create smaller apps that will provide an example of what future apps can be created using modern technology.

  • http://Website Kelly

    I would immediately resume work on building a low-latency guitar amp for Android. No, I’m not joking. I have one working, but the latency on current devices is too high to make for a usable amp.

  • http://- Willy900wonka

    This is a joke right?
    Dual core…with what a flexible bus configuration? You’re selling a simplistic architecture. Read ahead at best, What if a dual core app wanted to crunch on one core and ui on another core, from different memory streams? So i ask why are you pushing crap?
    Better yet explain why it is that I’m wrong. Use terms light bus multiplex registers and other hwd design limiting factors.
    If I were a Qualcomm Dev I’d be up their ladder asking “why have you lobotomized a dev kit?”
    Ever build your own dev kit? y not? Cause you’d be defining hwd designs for a device. How is this different?
    Sorry if i’m overly critical, but keep your eyes open, or ain’t you done it b4

  • William Knak

    Please send this device to Brazil, were we are fans of Android even when Google delays some cool features to us. Google has a lot of contests, but brazilians can’t join them.

    We have built our first public app (Newspaper and Magazines) and we’re also working on private apps too. Let us to discover all the power of this device, and maybe create a partnership for translate Android and Me to Portuguese, and thus extend this great source of news and joy to Brazil, Portugal, and all of 240M people who speaks portuguese! We can contribute with content and performance reviews using this fast device! Thanks!

  • http://Website johnny hashbrowns

    Please send this to me. I would sell this piece of crap to one of you losers and buy an iphone 5 :)

  • Scott M

    Wow, a device like this would be perfect for independent developers like myself. I have one app on the market myself (Android API Browser) and another that I’ve worked on with the Ruboto Community (Ruboto IRB). Both of these app (as well as the one I’m working on now) are designed to assist other developers and to help new developers come up to speed on Android quickly. The difficulty of being an independent developer on Android is the lack of access to the variety of hardware needed to perfect apps for those platforms.

  • http://Website ChiMa

    If I won this phone, I’d use it to develop graphic-rich apps. With the powerful CPU & GPU in MDP, I can speed up the optimization processes so that my apps could run as smooth as possible in most android phones!

  • http://Website chunmol

    I’d use this phone for my university final year project. I don’t need to buy another phone.

  • Aaron Liu

    I would like to use this device to improve my application (find my android) as well as a new application ( what’s for lunch) Thank you!

  • http://Website Daniel lee

    Good..I think i would use this device to learn how to write android apps..

  • http://Website richi chen

    Good..I think i would use this device to develop android system for smartphone.

  • http://Website SAO

    I only want to play…
    In WC Play.
    In Car Play.
    In kitchen Play.
    In School Play.
    In My heart Play.

  • http://Website Jim

    I could use this device to develop the next generation apps in China. Since it is the highest configuration mobile that I can found in planet. Thanks

  • Davey

    I’d love to have this developer phone to create 3D Android games as well as processing-intensive multimedia tools.

  • ejaz

    I would love to do my Master Program’s research thesis using MDP.

  • http://Website Johan Lindqvist

    If i won this test unit i would be the happiest man on earth! FK HTC FK Samsung FK LG. They are all bland compared to the looks of this beauty!

  • warenix

    I’m developer of a social networking app (

    Currently we interact with social network mainly in text & images. This is partly because of the processing power of mobile phone is not as strong as desktop so no developer take risk to develope a very superior app just for social networking app.

    I’m sure the next generation of apps will be coming very shortly. Either it’s in 3D, video wall or anything we cannot imagine at the moment, we will see. But I’m surely they will no longer be plain text!

  • Makoto

    I’m the developer of the popular app VimeoDroid (

    My app plays videos from the popular video site However, my app is currently stuck in an Alpha Preview mode because I haven’t been able to test it out among multiple devices.

    VimeoDroid, along with all my future apps, is absolutely free, and ad-free as well. I currently rely on the generosity of donators to help support the continuation of development.

    Ideally, what I’d like to do is be able to port over the video APIs available in Gingerbread so that the 99% of users that don’t have Gingerbread can enjoy streaming videos as well.

    I’d also like to develop an app that can bring streaming news videos to the Android, such as Japan’s NHK, which older versions of Android can’t handle very well. After the earthquake and tsunami hit Japan, I wasn’t able to watch NHK’s news coverage, however on the iPhone this is possible.

    Having a capable device to develop on would greatly help, and also having a different device would help me be able to test cross device compatibility.

  • http://Website mickeymayu

    If I win the MDP,it can help me to develop some apps which is good for smartphone user.I hope these apps can improve smartphone user’s experience.

  • milkmidi

    I’m developer of a contacts app(

    Need good hardware specifications to help develop 3D applications, while the ability to test the performance limits of Adobe AIR, so that more of the Flash Developer will join Android app developers

  • http://Website Will Moody

    If I won this mdp, I would use it to become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.

  • http://Website DDusko

    I would make better games.

  • Devid

    If I were to win the MDP, I’d use it to tune up the 3D OpenGL ES 2.0 based simulation game which is under development, along with the applications already published on Android Market.

  • http://Website DizWARE

    If I won, I would not only finish this pending update to ShuffleTone that I’ve been working on, but i’d also port Mr. Gravity, which is the xblig game I worked on this year, to Android to blow minds a whole different platform

  • http://Website Securingsincity

    If i won, I would release a truly awesome app for Currently the app is in development with very minimal features. But this would allow me to expand efforts for streaming video and cool photo taking features that i’ve wanted to implement. The same can be said for some other healthcare applications that would help doctors get credit by watching live streaming video improving healthcare practice! Plus some KILLER games and camera application ideas that I’ve been waiting for amazing hardware to try!

  • http://Website Pete Doyle

    I’d use the built in power profiling to profile and optimize battery usage of GPS track logging. It currently takes a lot of power (since the GPS stays on), but being able to actually measure power draw might lead to some (major?) improvements.

  • Brian Yarger

    If I won this awesome phone I’d use it to continue to develop the phonebros line of apps. We’re currently working on an app that pushes the boundaries of existing devices, including the XOOM, so it’d be great to have some next gen hardware to work with!

  • Carter

    Undoubtedly the best feature of the MDP is the built-in hardware profiler: . Battery usage is incredibly important for mobile apps, and the profiler built-in to the MDP is just about the only way to get that level of detailed profiling information.

    I am the developer of Locale , an artificial intelligence app that reconfigures the phone based on location. Because Locale is a background app, power consumption is very important to our users, and the MDP’s profiling capabilities would be an invaluable resource in optimizing Locale for our upcoming 2.0 release!

  • http://Website Nick

    If I were to win, I would have the hardware power to create, test, and bring to the Market an app that would have it all. Benchmarking and various dev utilities would be included as well as MANY consumer things like video chat, social networking (all-in-one), camera effects, and much more. And this app would be free because dev costs would be taken care of because I wouldn’t have to pay for this awesome device. Also, this app would need to be made on a device like this because the phone I own (the CLIQ) is very much underpowered and cannot run and test a hefty project like this. :)

  • http://Website James Jun

    If you got this phone, you would have the means to effectively test any application you have, and not worry about upgrading your phone for the next year.

  • http://Website Christopher Chavez

    If I won this phone, I’d give every single one of you a hug, personally.

  • http://Website Jason

    I’d make this device available to developers to work with through my employer’s remote testing service and framework, DeviceAnywhere.

  • carnero

    I’d like to use that Qualcomm’s device for testing my current application (c:geo) to bring much better experience for current few thousands users. But that won’t be enough, right? I will help to other developers around me (about ten) and as well realize some of my new ideas… few new applications for everyone and for free :)

    In fact… I’d like to spend a huge amount of time with this device (good for Android community, not sure how good it’s for me).

  • http://Website Shane Leese

    If i won the MDP I would use it for the development of an android based ECG and EEG monitoring application to be used by medical professionals.

  • Alive Free Happy

    If I won the Qualcomm Dual Core Snapdragon MDP MSM8660, the first thing I would do would be to dub it with a new name something short and snappy like Ohmycrudhowdigetsolucky. Then I would put it to work. I would use its zippy processor to broaden my bandwidth and get the boss off my back on:

    So that I could get some time to make my fun pilot app SING:

    Conways life in 3d should be 3d! But they found me having unslipped my desk fetters and I wound up just kludging in a touch listener that presumes a static view. I want to fly through a 3d world of iterating patterns not just watch them from above.

    Then again, I might just use that 13MP grandaddy camera as an excuse to create that photo retouching program, I think I can get past the memory issue most are having when they try… or… Ive always wanted a good vector drawing program for a mobile device so that I can work on presentations or class diagrams while at the airport.

    Now, if the question where what would I do with those awesome Pelican Cases the phone comes in…

  • Andrew Traudes

    If I won the MDP I’d use it to improve Clearsync, my company’s calendaring and contact app. And you know, to get chicks, take over the world, the usual.

  • Blake Ross

    I am the developer of the DSI: Miami app. I currently own an HTC Hero. Although it’s been a great device, it simply doesn’t cut it these days (even after overclocking it to 700 mhz). I’ve been working on a game for a while now, and the MDP would allow me to do some real testing on a current device. It’d allow me to optimize the game and make sure particle effects/other things are up to speed.