Along with more formal discussion of its upcoming Ovi Store for applications running on the Nokia platform, the cell phone giant is putting its focus on developers at the company's Nokia Developer Summit 2009 in Monaco.
MONTE CARLO -- Nokia shed more light on the upcoming launch of its Ovi Store at the Nokia Developer Summit 2009 here.
Though the cell phone giant will announce more detail
on its application store at the event, it is not set to actually
open until the first of May, sources within the company said.
The Ovi Store is a one-stop shop for consumer content. The Ovi Store
will consolidate the best experiences from Nokia's current content
services including Download!, MOSH
and WidSets, to a single channel, company officials said. The evolving
service will deliver media according to the consumer's social location,
the combination of their social connections and physical location.
Moreover, a key element in Nokia's value proposition is providing
users with the ability to personalize their mobile devices with a rich
assortment of applications and content. With more than a billion
consumers carrying Nokia devices, the company alone can't satisfy the
diverse requirements of this growing global user community. Nokia works
with a variety of third-party developers who provide innovative
applications and services needed to fulfill consumer requirements.
And Forum Nokia, the company's developer outreach organization, has
for more than 10 years helped developers add value to Nokia devices and
the consumers who use them. Forum Nokia enables developers get their
products to market quickly and efficiently, by delivering resources
covering the entire mobile application lifecycle, from development to
Indeed, company officials said Forum Nokia delivers resources to
more than 4 million registered developers and receives more than 1.5
million unique visitors per month to forum.nokia.com. For application
and Web developers this includes: Symbian C++, OpenC, Java technology,
Python, Flash and Web technologies. Content developers working with
images, video, audio, SVGT, themes, SMS, MMS, and the Web are also
Forum Nokia offers developers free access to tools and software
development kits (SDKs) to assist with their development efforts.
Resources include documentation, videos, training, a Wiki, blogs and
discussion boards. The SDKs enable developers to create applications
and content for Series 40, Symbian and Maemo devices.
Meanwhile, the company's Carbide family of tools provides developers
with key development environments for Nokia-supported technologies.
Carbide.c++ supports all Symbian C++ and OpenC developers working with
the Symbian platform. Carbide.ui supports content developers with a
complete tool for theme creation.
In addition, Nokia is investing in a wide range of Web tools to
support the ecosystem being built around Web Runtime (WRT). Aptana is
the first of these solutions to help developers create, edit, test and
deploy WRT widgets for Nokia Symbian devices
Nokia also provides various levels of support for developers,
including the Forum Nokia Launchpad. This is a premium membership
service that gives developers early and exclusive access to Forum Nokia
resources and support, as well as marketing opportunities with Nokia.
Other levels of support include Forum Nokia Pro and Forum Nokia Pro
Accelerator, an elite, invitation-only mobile developer program.