Sony Takes Their Support of Android Developers to a Whole New Level: Free Loaners

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    Sony has been on an absolute "quest" to improve their image with Android developers and the Android community lately, and I do not use that word lightly. To quest for something is to almost obsessively seek it out, and Sony is doing exactly this to continue their new trend of establishing a deeper relationship with developers. From unlocking the bootloaders on their devices to offering detailed instructions to developers on how to best optimize their time while developing for Sony products, they have been actively wooing developers toward Sony products. Now it seems they are taking things to a whole new level. Sony is now offering a program by which Android developers can get a "free loaner" phone to test their projects on. Yes. You read that right. Here's a quote taken straight from the Sony Developer's Blog on the details of the program:

    For all of our amazing devs, you can check it out over at the source link below!

    Source: SonyMobileBlog
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    Kudos to Sony!
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    Might have to do this

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    Woo, I'm going to sign up.

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    I'm not a developer, but thats pretty awesome.
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    I've been a moto fanboy for over six years. If Sony releases a decent phone on vzw I would get it without hesitation.
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    anyone thinking sony could very well be the next nexus manufacturer (or the one after that) Afterall, the nexus phones are supposed to be developer phones, plus google is all for rooting and modding (roms/kernels/themes/etc), and now with sony going all out for developers it seems like a perfect combo
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    Didn't Google originally go to Sony Ericsson for the first NEXUS?

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    wow. Good for sony. I love that sony is using this business model. Now if only they can get to the forefront of the hardware and I'll be a sony guy
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    this is nice to see . i not a dev but i might support sony in future if they release a high end smart phone
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    Wow! I can do root level things without needing to hack/root my phone? Where do I sign up? I know I had a copy of the Android SDK and my eclipse IDE somewhere around here... :)

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    Wow, good for Sony! Sony is definitely setting the bar higher for other manufacturers to live up to!!!
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    It's a step in the righ direction for sure, but only 30 days? I think 90 days would be better.
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    Exactly the reason Sony is on my radar for my next device.
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    Same here. Sony has been making all the right decisions lately when it comes to supporting the development community. Once my two years with the Galaxy Nexus is up, I will definitely be looking towards Sony for my replacement device, if they keep this up.