Nothing motivates quite like money, so Google is drawing a trifling sum of $10 million from its limitless coffers to jump-start the Android project that aims to develop an open source platform for mobile devices.
Google is inviting developers to the Android Developer Challenge where geeks can make a tidy sum even before making the first sale on their apps. Fifty most promising entries from January 2 to March 3, 2008 will be selected to receive $25,000 each outright, no strings attached. Thatâ€™s means you still own your software and youâ€™re free to market it as you wish. Google just wants to give you money for being a bright boy (or girl!).
From those 50, the ten best mobile apps will each receive $275,000 and the next ten will each get $100,000. And thatâ€™s only for Part I ($5M) of the Challenge.
Android Developer Challenge II (another $5M) will launch after the first handsets built on the platform become available in the second half of 2008. So, keep those codes coming!