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Sprint Opens Developer Contest for Instinct

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on July 08, 2008

In a recent column, I noted that while the Instinct, Samsung’s would-be iPhone slayer, was a very nice piece of hardware, the reason it doesn’t pose a significant challenge to the iPhone is its second-rate software. Now Sprint is proposing to do something about that by sponsoring a developer contest for the Instinct.

The $20,000 top prize and two $5,000 runner-up awards leave the Instinct competition somewhat short of Google’s $10 million Android application contest of the $100 million iPhone development fund put up by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Still, it’s a welcome step.

The bigger problem is that the Java Mobile environment offers nowhere near as rich a development opportunity as the OS X-based operating systrem of the iPhone. And Java development tools have never won anywhere near the praise from programmers that has greeted the combination of Objective C and the iPhone Software Developers Kit.

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Sprint Sucks

June 13, 2009 05:04 PM

Sprint lied about this contest. In the end, nothing was released and no money was paid out. Furthermore, the Instink is horrible. The software upgrades that put out, constantly cripple the phone. What's even worse is that we are paying customers and they have now decided that it is right to put advertising onto our phones.

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