Unlocked Google Android Phone for Indian Developers ($399)

Google Android’s unlocked version is available for developers for $399 (+one time $25 registration fee). The Android Dev Phone can be used in any of the compatible networks (unlike G1)

The device ships with a system image that is fully compatible with Android 1.0, so you can rely on it when developing your applications. You can use any SIM in the device and can flash custom Android builds that will work with the unlocked bootloader.

This is a move to tap the ever growing developer interest in building mobile apps (for iPhone as well as Symbian).

..developers will also be able to distribute paid apps in addition to free apps. Developers will get 70% of the revenue from each purchase; the remaining amount goes to carriers and billing settlement fees-Google does not take a percentage. We believe this revenue model creates a fair and positive experience for users, developers, and carriers. – blog

Essentially, the real price of unlocked phone is $399 + $25 + shipping charges (on an avg., it will cost you $500)

If you are a mobile developer/startup in India, would you be interested in trying out your hands @ Android? Do you see a big opportunity in Android market  (vs. iPhone/Symbian?).

Do share your opinion.

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