Google attempts to poach iPhone app 'Texts From Last Night' – Nexus One 'bribe' offered

Here’s a touching tale of how HARD Google is trying to beef up its Android Market app offering.

According to an email from the developer of the Texts From Last Night iPhone/iPad app, a Google employee directly emailed the guy asking to have a little chat about how/if/when it would be possible to get the extremely popular app up and running on Android.

Looks like Google’s new ‘Developer Advocate” has got to work already – and is merrily sending out Nexus Ones as bribes!

Here’s his story:

“I’m the developer of the Texts From Last Night app for the iPhone. Anyway, I received an e-mail yesterday from someone at Google claiming to be in their Android Advocacy Group. He basically said that he wanted to open a line of communication with me in case I chose to port the app to Android, and he offered to ship me a free Nexus One to play around with.

“It shows that Google is actively recruiting developers to their platform, using the enticements of free hardware and open communication.

“Contrast with Apple’s approach: it took us about three months of resubmitting our app to Apple before they stopped rejecting it for inappropriate content. And even now (after we peaked at the No. 7 paid app), we still have no relationship with anyone there. Huge difference in approaches between the two companies”

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Link via Pogue’s Posts at the NYT. Good on you, TFLN man. Enjoy your Nexus, if, that is, you choose to accept.

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  1. Aladar

     /  April 19, 2010

    Bribe seems too much of a strong word. :)

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