Today i received the following e-mail:
Subject: Device Seeding Program for Top Android Market Developers
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!
Android Mobile Platform
Sounded awesome, i did however suspect it being fake. So i did some research. First of the site linked to in the mail is a standard “google sites” site, something anybody could setup. So that did kind of confuse me. Next, the form to enter my contact data into was actually backed up by a google spread sheet. I couldn’t believe that almighty Google would go such a cheap route. So i checked the android developer forums where this thread turned up. Seems like some other devs were concerned wheter that e-mail was legit too. Thankfully a couple of google people acknowledged that the e-mail was indeed not a hoax so i just entered all my contact data in the form and hope for a free Nexus one to arrive in the next few weeks. Awesome, thanks google 🙂 And thanks to you people how downloaded, played and rated Newton!
On a side note: Newton is gonna get some polishing in the near future. I just had a talk with another dev who’s pretty big on the market who wants me to join him (somewhat). He’s gonna give me some guidance on how to polish up Newton. I hope for the best 🙂