Sony Ericsson was actively involved with the development community to ensure that new, highly appealing applications are designed for its Android devices, and Sony appears set to step on this road as well.
The company has just announced that it is offering a helping hand to all Android app developers out there, by loaning them devices to test their software on.
There are nine Xperia models
that developers can request through the new Device Loaner program that Sony has just kicked off.
“Hey developers, now that the spring season has arrived, it’s the perfect time to get fresh start on your Android development. Would you be interested in trying out and testing an Xperia smartphone, without any cost, to ensure that your app is compliant?” Sony’s Joe Padre notes in a blog post.
“If yes, then why not borrow a smartphone from our Device Loaner Program? This program is intended as a low cost (free!) option to allow you to test your apps on a physical Xperia smartphone or accessory device for up to 30 days.”
The list of devices available for developers to borrow includes the newly launched Xperia S, along with Xperia arc S, Xperia active, Xperia PLAY, Xperia arc, Xperia X10 Mini Pro, Xperia X10a, Xperia X8 and LiveView.
The Device Loaner Program was meant to prove a great solution for developers with limited resources at their disposal.
Both smaller studios and independent developers can take advantage of it to grab an Xperia device
for free for a period of 30 days.
“The service is completely free, and initially aimed at the U.S. and Canadian market. If you’re a developer outside of these markets, please be aware that you’ll be paying for international shipping fees, plus applicable customs/duties for your particular destination,” Sony explains.
Those who would like to participate should head over to the Device Loaner Program home page
, where they will find all the necessary instructions to set up a new account.
Sony will offer only one device per customer, but inventory is limited. This means that developers should hurry up and place their orders for a device.