Google’s giving away 10 free Galaxy Nexuses: Here’s how to get ’em

Want a Galaxy Nexus, Google’s latest and greatest flagship smartphone? Good news! Google will be giving away 10 of the devices over the next 10 days, and all it takes is to solve a challenge to win one.

Each day for the next ten days Google will post a new challenege on their Twitter account. Challeneges can be either a puzzle, which must be solved as soon as possible to win, an image challenege – of which the winners will be selected by Google judges – or essay question, also of which the winners will be selected by Google judges. As long as you live in the US, Canada, UK, Australia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Netherlands, Singapore, Spain, or South Korea you are eligible to take part in this giveaway.

Although the first challenge is already underway (it is a puzzle), it’s not too late to get started. First, read the official rules, and second, follow @googlenexus on Twitter. There, you’ll see a tweets about the challenges of the day from Google with “Android’s message to you”:

Once you have completed the challenge of the day, simply tweet your answer in the format Google dictates (they tell you how to respond for each challenege — read the tweets). Take note you may only enter once per day and if you try to enter multiple times you may be disqualified.

The first challenge – shown below – gives you an idea of how hard Google’s challenges will be. (Can you decode this?)

Every day until November 21st @googlenexus will post a new challenge, sometimes with hints. If you’re both timely and accurate in your answers to puzzles and creative in your answers to images/essays, Google could pick you and send a brand-new Galaxy Nexus to your doorstep. (No information on if it will be a CDMA version or GSM version.) Good luck on today’s puzzle and all the ones from now ’til the end of the contest on November 21st!

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  1. Darcy

    Pity it has to be Twitter. I’m not a twit but if anyone is interested in trying I’m guessing this is a compass code. Each dot represents a step to take in that direction like the old Boy Scout survival training exercise. Just a guess though. could be wrong.

  2. paul

    The entire world! is competing for the 10 prizes. And they expect me to spend time trying to solve a complicate puzzle, just for a chance to compete against 2.500,000,000 people? Only imbeciles would bother.

  3. mukhi

    may not be applicable for all. in my nokia n8, “quality” difference exists between 2 MP and 12 MP. :)
    but man, i just wish these so called smart phones could be smarter being a “phone” like in terms of call quality (well, it depends also on service provider), speaker (why in the world they put awful ones). and, i have no idea why one touch phone-to-phone import is not possible for “all” contacts together. so hassle to get all contacts in a new phone!

  4. Ashraf
    Mr. Boss

    @Gabriel: In cell phones, the difference between 5 MP and 8 MP is not noticeable. I believe the rule of thumb is anything above 2 MP stops being “higher quality” and becomes just higher resolution.

    That said, I don’t know if its possible to utilize a microSD card without a microSD port. I don’t think there is. You can, however, use cloud storage – such as Dropbox – to make up the difference, if you want. But yeah, lack of microSD is a bummer.

  5. Gabriel


    I’d love the phone too …. but I’m just so bummed about it not having external storage ( Micro sd card ) capability :( and only 5mp photo quality. This is the only thing that is keeping me back from taking the Nexus plunge.

    Are there other ways to utilize a Microsd card? A small USB dongle perhaps ? (the Nexus and Galaxy S2 have USB 3.0 mini ports if I’m correct)

    Any Thoughts?