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Google Puts $10m Bounty on Android Development
Google, as promised, put the Android SDK out in early access - along with a $10 million pot for the best apps
By: Maureen O'Gara
Nov. 19, 2007 05:00 PM
Google, as promised, put the Android SDK out in early access - along with a $10 million pot for the best apps written for its open Android mobile platform by third-party developers.
It said the platform would be open and it's going about proving it. It also needs the buzz - and a killer mobile app - for Android to hit a homerun.
The first $5 million will be paid out in $25,000 prizes for the continued development of the 50 most promising entries submitted between January 2 and March 3 2008 to the Android Developer Challenge I.
These 50 entries will then be winnowed down by the end of May to 20 finalists - 10 that get awards worth $275,000 each and another 10 that'll each get $100,000.
There'll also be another contest - Android Developer Challenge II - that starts after the first so-called Google phones become available in the second half of next year.
The judges will come from the members of the Android-backing Open Handset Alliance (IHA) that Google unveiled last week as well, it says, as technology and mobile experts from the industry in general.
Anybody can play this game - except for Google and IHA folk and developers who live in Cuba, Iran, Syria, North Korea, Sudan, and Myanmar (Burma) - because of US laws - or Italy or Quebec - because of cockamamie local restrictions.
Google says developers will retain intellectual property rights to their applications while granting Google a license to evaluate and test it for purposes of the contest as well as a license to display the application to promote the Android platform.
It suggest possible apps in:
· Social networking
The SDK with its documentation, sample projects, development tools, emulator and libraries is at http://code.google.com/android/download.html.
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