Nokia Ovi Suite Looks to Entice Developers, Challenge Apple App Store

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Nokia Ovi Suite Looks to Entice Developers, Challenge Apple App Store

by Darryl K. Taft

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Nokia welcomes developers to its Nokia Developer Summit 2009.

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Rob Taylor, global head of Forum Nokia, the developer outreach arm of Nokia, records a video clip of the audience on his Nokia smartphone to post to Ovi Share.

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Nokia's developer strategy features run-times and tools to enable developers to build applications across several platforms.

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Nokia encourages developers to focus on two primary development platforms to build applications: the Qt cross-platform environment and standard Web-based tools such as Adobe Flash, WebKit and Aptana Studio, which uses standard Web technologies such as JavaScript, CSS, HTML and more.

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Forum Nokia is the developer hub for all Nokia-related development.

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Nokia's Taylor shows where developers should invest time to make money off the Nokia platform. He lists three main options: Nokia's Ovi Store and operator portals; preloading; and service partnership possibilities.

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Nokia's market penetration means developers have many devices to target and many opportunities to make money.

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Tero Ojanpera, executive vice president of Nokia Services, says teamwork pays off when all positions work together.

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Ojanpera says Ovi represents opportunities for the individual developer.

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The Ovi Share service features integration with social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace.

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Nokia's Ovi Messaging platform features integration with AOL, Facebook, Google, Windows Live and Yahoo.

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Nokia announces the beta of a software development kit (SDK) for its upcoming N97.

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Nokia and Adobe announce five winning applications to get funding from the Open Screen Project Fund.

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Rob Taylor, global head of Forum Nokia, and Tero Ojanpera, executive vice president of Nokia Services, answer developer questions after keynote addresses at the Nokia Developer Summit 2009.

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