Google has announced the Android Developer Challenge, which will provide $10 million to developers who build mobile applications for Android, Google and partners' open and free mobile platform.
The Challenge is designed to support the developer community and spark innovation on the Android platform by awarding cash prizes ranging from US$25,000 to US$275,000 to developers whose applications are picked by a panel of judges.
"We've built some interesting applications for Android but the best applications are not here yet and that's because they're going to be written by developers," said Sergey Brin, Co-founder and President, Technology, Google. "We'd like to reward these developers and recognize them as much as possible."
"We believe that the Android platform offers developers a unique opportunity to create truly innovative mobile software," said Andy Rubin, Google's director of mobile platforms. "We're challenging developers to stretch their imaginations and skills to leverage the full capabilities of this new platform and to create something amazing."
Android was announced on 5 November by the Open Handset Alliance, a group of more than 30 technology and mobile industry leaders committed to fostering innovation on mobile phones and offering a better consumer experience.
The $10 million total in the Android Developer Challenge will be distributed equally between the Android Developer Challenge I and II. Submissions for Challenge I will be accepted from 2 January through 3 March 2008, and the 50 most promising entries will be recognized by end of March with each receiving US$25,000 awards to fund further development.
These 50 entries will then be eligible for even greater recognition by applying by 1 May 2008 for ten awards worth US$275,000 each and another ten worth US$100,000 each. Recognition for the top apps among those entries will be announced by end of May 2008. Challenge II will launch after the first handsets built on the platform become available in the second half of 2008.