Posted December 22, 2008 10:11 am by with 6 comments

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If you’re Google, how do you subtly tell your thousands of employees that they should abandon their iPhone and instead use the company’s–lesser–Android phone?

How about dishing out HTC Dream Android phones to employees as Christmas presents? That’s exactly what Google appears to have done:

We’ve never developed anything like the Android software before, so this represented a unique opportunity to celebrate that achievement," a Google spokesperson told today.

Apart from spreading Christmas cheer, having all the employees using the phone would help make Android better, the spokesperson continued. "Giving the Dream phone to Googlers also allows us to once again dog food a product and make it even better."

Is this a fabulous gift–that Googlers will love–or, just an attempt to force iPhone lovers to make the switch? 😉