Developers willing to dish out the $400 required for an unlocked Dev Phone 1 won’t be happy to find that access to paid market applications has been disabled by Google. It was possibly done to sloppily patch up a loophole that supposedly gave users of the unlocked phone the ability to download all applications for free. What little information Google would give as to why they made this decision included, “These phones give developers of handset software full permissions to all aspects of the device… We aren’t distributing copy protected applications to these phones in order to minimize unauthorized copy of the applications.” What makes this more interesting is that, at least according to Engadget, an unlocked original G1 doesn’t have this limitation. It’s rather ironic that a developer using said phone won’t be able to access his or her own paid app. Let’s hope Google remedies this quickly as you never know when an angry mob of app-deprived developers will storm the Googleplex with torches and sporks.
Dev Phone 1’s Market Apps Blocked by Google
2009-02-26 Google 3 Comments
Ugh, they didn’t implement DRM in DevPhone 1?!?! What a mistake!
But seriously, that’s not nice, Google. I have given up on thinking their policy of “not being evil” is valid anymore.