Google Dev 1 smartphone unable to buy paid-for Android apps

February 26, 2009
Android Dev 1 smartphone

Android Dev 1 smartphone

It appears that anybody who has bought one of the unlocked Android Dev 1 versions of the HTC Dream is going to be in for a rude awakening when they try to buy an application from the Android Market.  It seems that Google has made it so that the dev version of the phones can’t buy paid-for applications, seemingly because this version of the Dream gives full root access, which means access to every file in the device.

As such, it would make it easy to pirate the applications that were purchased on the device.

Of course, as EngadgetMobile points out, there are other rooted G1s out there, and those are still capable of buying applications and giving users access to the raw files.

If I had gone out and paid $400 for this unlocked device, I know that I’d be pissed off about this limitation.  Anybody out there have one and has seen this ban in action?  Let us know in the comments, please.

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