SDK Slap Fight

5:40 PM -- Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) has already put up $10 million for its Android developer challenge. Now Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers is fronting a $100 million fund to "to invest in companies developing applications and services for Apple's innovative iPhone and iPod touch." (See KPCB Launches $100M iFund.)

It is clear that Apple, Google, and friends are willing to put up the big bucks to stimulate the developer community. Still, i think the most interesting part of the SDK equation might be yet to come: How will these new entrants to the phone market work with carriers and developers to split revenues on applications?

After all, if an application proves to be really popular than it might turn out better to have a few more percentage points in recurring revenues rather than an upfront lump sum.

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

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