Android Dev Phone

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The Android Dev Phone (ADP) is a SIM-unlocked and bootloader unlocked Android device that is designed for advanced developers. While developers can use regular consumer devices purchased at retail to test and use their apps, some developers may choose not to use a retail device, preferring an unlocked or no-contract device.

The Google Nexus series was the de facto successor of Android Development Phones,[1] with the Google Pixel series coming after.

Android Dev Phone 1[edit]

On December 5, 2008, Google announced the Android Dev Phone 1, a version of the HTC Dream.[2] The Android Dev Phone 1 was a SIM-unlocked and bootloader unlocked device that was designed for advanced developers. The device shipped with a system image that was fully compatible with Android 1.0. It was possible to use any SIM in the device and one could flash custom Android builds that would work with the unlocked bootloader.[3] Unlike the bootloader on retail devices, the bootloader on the Android Dev Phone 1 did not enforce signed system images. The Android Dev Phone 1 also appealed to developers who live outside T-Mobile geographies. The device itself cost $399 (USD) (including free shipping in the US).[4] Google stated that "The Android Dev Phone 1 devices are not intended for non-developer end-users. Because the device can be configured with system software not provided by or supported by Google or any other company, end-users operate these devices at their own risk."[3][5]

System access and copy protection[edit]

Applications developed for distribution on Google Play allow the developer to enable copy protection which prevents the end user from copying the application from the phone. Because the Android Dev Phone allows unrestricted access to the OS, this copy protection is disabled. If the developer enables copy protection on their application, then the application does not appear on Google Play for the Dev Phone.[6]

Availability[edit]

The device was available for purchase in 19 international markets, including United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, India, Canada, France, Taiwan, Spain, Australia, Singapore, Switzerland, Netherlands, Austria, Sweden, Finland, Poland, Egypt and Hungary.[3][7]

Hardware specifications[edit]

Android Dev Phone 2[edit]

The Android Dev Phone 2 was a hardware unlocked version of the HTC Magic.[8][9] The Android Dev Phone 2 was a SIM-unlocked and bootloader unlocked device that was designed for advanced developers. The device shipped with a system image that was fully compatible with Android 1.6. It was possible to use any SIM in the device and one could flash custom Android builds that would work with the unlocked bootloader. Unlike the bootloader on retail devices, the bootloader on the Android Dev Phone 2 does not enforce signed system images. The Android Dev Phone 2 should also appealed to developers who live outside T-Mobile geographies. The device itself cost $399 (USD) (including free shipping in the US)."[5]

Availability[edit]

The device is available for purchase in 21 international markets, including United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, India, Canada, France, Taiwan, Spain, Australia, Singapore, Switzerland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Austria, Sweden, Estonia, Finland, Poland, Egypt and Hungary.[10]

Hardware specifications[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Building for devices | Android Open Source". source.android.com. Archived from the original on 2013-01-29.
  2. ^ MG Siegler (2008-12-06). "Android developers, start your engines: Google unlocks the G1". Venturebeat. Retrieved 2020-09-15.
  3. ^ a b c "Google releasing an unlocked G1 for developers at $399". GSMArena.com news. 2008-10-08. Retrieved 2020-09-14.
  4. ^ Murph, Darren (2018-12-05). "SIM / hardware-unlocked Android Dev Phone 1 surfaces for $399". Engadget. Retrieved 2020-09-15.
  5. ^ a b "Developing on a Device | Android Developers". developer.android.com. Archived from the original on 2010-04-14.
  6. ^ Morrill, Dan (2009-03-09). "Software Update Available for the Android Developer Phone | Android Developers Blog". android-developers.googleblog.com. Retrieved 2013-07-21.
  7. ^ "Step-by-step guide to Android development with Eclipse". Retrieved 25 July 2017.
  8. ^ Casey Chan (2009-11-16). "Android Dev Phone 2 is the myTouch 3G is the HTC Magic is the Google Ion". Android Central. Retrieved 2020-09-15.
  9. ^ "Android Dev Phone 2 available". LWN.net. 2009-11-16. Retrieved 2020-09-15.
  10. ^ "Competing with Apple, Samsung is Going to Release the Next Galaxy Note in Early September". ccjk.com. 2014-08-18. Archived from the original on 2014-08-26. Retrieved 2020-09-14.

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