Here are some options for obtaining devices capable of testing your applications. Consumer devices
®It's likely that one of your local mobile carriers offers an Android-powered device. Any Android-powered device (even one bought from your mobile carrier) is a perfectly good device for running and testing your own Android applications. You can write applications using the Android SDK and then install them directly onto the device for testing.
Check with the service providers in your area to determine which Android-powered devices are available.
Be aware that consumer devices are not designed to allow system image updates by the user. If you're interested in manually updating the device with custom system images, then you'll need a developer device such as the Android Dev Phone 1.
Android Dev Phone 1
Selected specs for Android Dev Phone 1:
• 3.2 megapixel camera with autofocus
• Handsfree profile v1.5
• Headset profile v1.0
• QWERTY slider keyboard
• Includes 1GB MicroSD card (can be replaced with up to 16GB card)
The Android Dev Phone 1 is a SIM-unlocked and hardware-unlocked device that is designed for advanced developers. The device ships with a system image that is fully compatible with Android 1.0, so you can rely on it when developing your applications. You can use any SIM in the device and can flash custom Android builds that will work with the unlocked bootloader. Unlike the bootloader on retail devices, the bootloader on the Android Dev Phone 1 does not enforce signed system images. The Android Dev Phone 1 should also appeal to developers who live in geographies where local mobile carriers do not currently offer Android-powered devices.
To purchase an Android Dev Phone 1 device, you must first register as an Android developer on the Android Market site, if you haven't done so already. Once you've logged into your developer account on Android Market, you can purchase the device by following the link to "Development phones." To accommodate demand, there is a limit of 1 device per developer account, for now.
The device currently costs $399 (USD) (including free shipping in the US), and is available for purchase in 18 international markets, including the US, UK, Germany, Japan, India, Canada, France, Taiwan, Spain, Australia, Singapore, Switzerland, Netherlands, Austria, Sweden, Finland, Poland, and Hungary. We will continue to expand this program into new geographies over time. Check this page for updated information.
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.
Note that your Android Dev Phone 1 will not receive automated over-the-air (OTA) updates for the system image. System updates must be flashed manually. See the HTC site for a guide to Flashing your Android Dev Phone with a Factory System Image.
For full device specs and more information about obtaining an Android Dev Phone 1 device, see the Android Market site.
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