Sony loaning Android devices to devs for testing
We've given Sony a lot of props recently because of how it has been going about its Ice Cream Sandwich ROM development, by distributing alpha and beta versions of the updates for the community to test and comment on, in order to make them better. Now, Sony is going another step further by loaning Android devices to developers to let them test apps for any compatibility issues.
Sony has started up its Device Loaner Program, which will allow developers up to 30 days to borrow a device in order to test out apps. Developers have their choice of 9 different Xperia smartphones, including the Xperia S, arc S, active, PLAY, arc, X10 Mini Pro, X10a, X8 and LiveView. The service is completely free, unless of course the developer doesn't return the phone within 30 days, at which point they will be charged.
The program is open to any developer in the US or Canada, and Sony has even left it open to adding devices to the list if there is a demand, so if the devs push for it, we may even see the Sony tablets get in on the program.