If you've had your eye on Google's Pixel C, the company’s Surface-like Android tablet, but have yet to pull the purchasing trigger, your patience is about to be rewarded. Google's selling the Pixel C at a steep discount on the Google Store—but there's a twist.
To get 25 percent off, you have to tell Google you’re a developer, as first uncovered by Ars Technica. All you do is head over to Google’s developer site, fill in your email, and wait for Google to send you a special code to get the discount. No proof of development experience is actually required.
Instead of paying $600 for the 64GB Pixel C you can get it for about $450, a 25 percent discount. The 32GB flavor’s price drops from $499 to around $375. Google’s discount does not apply to the keyboard accessory, but if you get the 64GB tablet and order the keyboard you’re basically getting the keyboard for free compared to the normal price.
There are some limits to this promotion. First, you can only buy one tablet per person and supplies are limited. Google also says it may take a few days before you get your code although in my tests it arrived within two hours. Over time the company may tighten up its requirements for who can get the discount. Still, it’s worth a shot if you’ve had your eye on the Pixel C.
The impact on you at home: Google’s discount is meant to give developers the chance to try out the Android N developer preview. The discount Pixel C appears to be just the stock version of the tablet meaning Android N doesn't come pre-loaded on it. That's an important point for casual users. If you’re not comfortable loading a fresh build of Android on your tablet, then you wouldn't want a Pixel pre-loaded with a potentially buggy developer preview of Android N.
UPDATE: This article was updated with information about how the Google Store discount works on March 10, 2016 at 9:02 AM Pacific.