$20K DEVELOPER CONTEST: Live Wallpapers & Mini-Games


Our love for developers will continue for eternity, but we’re especially showing our affection this month (Developer Appreciation Month), and it continues with a Developer Contest where we’ve got $20,000 in prizes up for grabs! To enter, you’ve got to make a Live Wallpaper or Mini-Game that includes the new Phandroid Logo and/or the NVIDIA/Tegra 3 Logo!

There will be 4 winners and each of them will get an NVIDIA Tegra 3 powered device along with a Phandroid Advertising package allowing them to promote downloads of their own application or game- a great opportunity to get tremendous exposure to a targeted audience!

The Prizes:
There will be 4 winners, each who will receive:

  • 1 of 4 NVIDIA Tegra 3 powered device
    • (2) Transformer Prime with Dock
    • (1) Toshiba Excite 10-inch Tablet
    • (1) HTC One X
  • Phandroid Banner Advertising Package (valued at $4,500 each) to appear on,, and to appear throughout the month of July.

How To Enter:

  1. Sign up and confirm subscription for the Phandroid Dev Month Newsletter
  2. Create either a (1) live wallpaper, or (2) game, that includes the new Phandroid Logo and/or the NVIDIA logo
    • Game Example: Tic-Tac-Toe where the X and O are replaced with Phandroid logo and NVIDIA logo
    • Live Wallpaper Example: Phandroid Logo with mouth chomping, chasing the NVIDIA Logo around your screen (nom nom nom)
  3. E-mail the apk (as an attachment or link) to [email protected] with the subject “Dev Contest!” and include:
    1. Your Full Name
    2. Your Full Mailing Address
    3. Your Phone Number
    4. Description of the wallpaper or game, how it works, and any background information you wish to provide that may help us make a decision and choose your submission
  4. E-mail and corresponding .apk must be received by June 30th at 11:59PM Eastern

Selecting A Winner:

  • The deadline for entry is June 30th at 11:59PM Eastern
  • All live wallpapers and games submitted will be tested and judged by Phandroid staff
  • Winners will be selected at the sole discretion of the Phandroid staff and announced in the days following the contest
  • At least 1 game and 1 live wallpaper will be selected as winners
  • Winners’ live wallpapers/games may be published on the Google Play Store under the Phandroid or Neverstill Developer Account
Rules & Regulations:
  • All entries and containing source code and graphics must be 100% owned by the entrant (exceptions include Phandroid logo, NVIDIA logo, and open source libraries)
  • Entries may include open source libraries, but must explicitly state/disclose where and what libraries are used when submitting their .apk and must ensure they follow all proper licensing regulations of included libraries.
  • Entrants agree that upon entering an .apk into the contest they authorize Phandroid/Neverstill Media a global license to use the live wallpaper/game and source code for a variety of reasons including, but not limited to (1) Reviewing the submissions in a YouTube video, (2) Publishing articles and information about the submissions on and other publications, (3) Publishing the APK under the Phandroid/Neverstill Developer Account on Google Play. ENTRANTS WILL RETAIN FULL OWNERSHIP RIGHTS OF THE SUBMITTED APK’s.
  • Winners may use their Banner Advertising Package to promote any app or game available on Google Play, with a link to the app on the Google Play Store, but the promoted application/game and related banner advertising must first be approved by Phandroid Staff and may be deemed unacceptable for reasons including but not limited to: trademark issues, explicit content concerns, spam, etc…. In the event that Phandroid Staff disallows promotion of a specific app/game/image, winner will be allowed to submit alternate requests until both parties are in agreement.
  • Winners must respond within 48 hours of receiving notification, or Phandroid staff reserves the right to name an alternate winner
  • Phandroid reserves the right to disqualify any contestant for any reason

We’re hoping that not only will this contest be FUN for developers, but it will also encourage NEW developers to test the waters and give WINNING developers the opportunity to promote their game or app like never before.

Good luck, happy developing, and we can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Rob Jackson
I'm an Android and Tech lover, but first and foremost I consider myself a creative thinker and entrepreneurial spirit with a passion for ideas of all sizes. I'm a sports lover who cheers for the Orange (College), Ravens (NFL), (Orioles), and Yankees (long story). I live in Baltimore and wear it on my sleeve, with an Under Armour logo. I also love traveling... where do you want to go?

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  1. im always so disappointed to see titles like this. gutta click on it and realize that its app developers that are being appreciated this month…

      1. people who work towards making individual phones better with roms/kernels/recoveries

        1. for the most part, they’re not “devs” – they’re called ROM “chefs”, who mix and match other peoples’ dev work.

          1. touche but not everyone loads up a kitchen and comes out with a theme

        2. ROM developers, Kernel developers, recovery developers should have the resources and knowledge to participate in such a contest like this just like any app dev or game dev. I could even see an advantage of having more hacks and tricks up their sleeve to make something more unique. I say… give it a try! ;)

          1. i guess its all relative, kernels and recoveries are in C, apps are in java.

          2. compile using the ndk…also what about some sweet renderscript???

          3. thats entirely possible. i just figured an android community would incorporate the whole jist of it all not just the fart apps ;)

    1. Developers don’t get ENOUGH love… we think after a few years posting news, they more than deserve a month of awesome content geared a bit towards them. Not to mention, we’ve still got a bunch of consumer contests coming.

      I mean… if developers didn’t exist, then Android would suck, and you wouldn’t be on this website in the first place!

      Hang in there. Plenty of contests for you coming soon.

      1. oh i fully agree, just figured since it was developer appreciation month not every awesome contest would be geared towards APP developers.. possibly some that make roms? or do things for recoveries etc etc

    2. Also… we say “Dev Contest” in the title just for that reason.

    3. I for one +1 to this. Not all ROM developers know how to develop an app. Myself being one of them.. lol. I have absolutely no artistic value nor do I know anything about games/live wallpapers. Could probably use one if it were open source.. but other than that I’m SOL.

      Now if there was a kind of “Build as many ROMs as you can in the next 2 days”, I would like that contest… lol.

  2. This looks right up my alley! I already got a quick and dirty game framework that I can incorporate images in :p. I think it would be a great way to make a demo of my game too :D. With links and crap going to Phandroid too.
    Yep. This will be good.

  3. Any dev that can make a live wallpaper that works smoothly on ICS (at least the Galaxy Nexus) deserves a minimum of 20K in prizes….

    1. Sad but true. Try an alternate launcher…. suddenly things are smooth again :)

  4. Are there any geographic limitations to this contest? I live in the UK, can I participate?

  5. Awesome, the perfect motivation to finish my app! :D

  6. I’m new to live wallpapers and I probably won’t finish by the dead line but I’ll still create a Phandroid live wallpaper just because I love this site so much.

  7. Can a developer submit multiple entries OR its only 1 entry per participant ?

  8. If I don`t have an Andrioid developer account, I mean on Android Play, how could I submit an app for this contest?

  9. This is Miss Ong from Malaysia, represent M-Village. We would like to recruit freelancer to make live wallpaper for android apps, kindly contact me at [email protected] for interested developers. Thank you!

  10. no updates regarding this contest?

  11. No update regarding this contest yet? I submitted my entry but received no reply. Here’s a video of my entry –

  12. When do you expect to release the result?

    1. yea i have to same question for them,did u submit anything?

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