Developers unable to run own apps on unlocked Android handsets

It's all the fault of pesky copy protection

Developers unable to run own apps on unlocked Android handsets

When is buying an unlocked G1 Android handset not a good deal? When you can't run your own applications on it.

It's not a geeky joke. According to The Register, this is the problem being faced by developers who've taken Google up on its offer of unlocked G1s to test their apps on.

That's all well and good, but it turns out those handsets are being blocked from downloading paid applications from the Android Market. Or at least from downloading copy protected applications (which is most of them).

That $400 investment in an Android dev-phone isn't looking quite so much of a bargain now, if you have to buy a separate handset to buy other companies' apps and make sure yours are downloading properly.

"The Developer version of the G1 is designed to give developers complete flexibility. These phones give developers of handset software full permissions to all aspects of the device, including the ability to install a modified version of the Android Open Source Project," says a Google statement on the matter.

"We aren't distributing copy protected applications to these phones in order to minimize unauthorized copy of the applications."

Is it a big deal? It's fairly embarrassing for Google, but many Android developers will simply stump up for a second handset, particularly as other models become available.