Google has 5 million pounds prize fund for Android apps


Last week, Google unveiled its Android software development kit, containing the technical information and tools for building software applications.

Its ‘developer challenge’, which the $10 million is for, will accept the first tranche of new software application proposals from January 2 to March 3, 2008. Fifty awards of $25,000 will be available. Entrants can apply for further recognition by May 1 next year, with prize funds of $275,000 and $100,000 available.

The competition will have a second stage once the first range of Android-enabled handsets hit the market in the second half of next year.

A Google statement said: “There is a long tradition of promoting developer interest through prize funds, and a thriving developer community will be an important part of creating better mobile experiences. We believe developers will be drawn to, and flourish in, the open and collaborative environment offered by Android.”

Google said on first announcing the Android platform that the mobile industry is “broken”.