Nokia Asha SDK 1.1 graduated today from beta status, bringing Share and VoIP APIs to Asha developers. If you’ve been working with the beta SDK you know how easy it is to build apps that share content with popular social media services like Twitter and Facebook. Among other tasks the SDK handles the complexities of OAuth 2.0 authentication. The SDK also supports the new VoIP API including emulation.
If you have been waiting for the final release of Asha SDK 1.1, wait no longer:
We all need a break from the daily grind. That’s why developer Lunagames delivers consumers “daily feel good moments” through a variety of free-to-play games for mobile phones and tablets. The Netherlands-based company focuses on creating games that offer short moments of entertainment – ideal for your morning commute or waiting for an appointment. And it’s working quite well for them! The company, which develops specifically for the Java platform, has more than 100 apps in the Nokia store today with a combined total of more than 150 million downloads! So how’d they do it?
With more than one billion users accessing the Internet on mobile devices worldwide, both phone manufacturers and app developers have begun asking themselves the question, ‘Where will the next billion come from?’ The answer can be found in emerging markets like South and Central America, Asia-Pacific and Africa. It’s estimated that of the projected 8.2 billion mobile connections in 2017, 61% of new growth will be from the Asia-Pacific region alone. One developer, Blue Lion Mobile, has already started tapping into these emerging markets with its Java-based app, Qeep, a social gaming entertainment application where millions of users from across the globe play games, chat, send pictures, make friends and more via their feature phones.
More than 1,000 apps were submitted to Nokia Developer’s Asha Developer Competition from nearly 500 developers worldwide, and today the winning apps are revealed.
Developers were encouraged to submit either Java or web apps for use with Asha Touch and Asha 501 devices in any of four categories: Games, Utilities & Productivity, Music & Entertainment, and News & Information. In addition, special prizes were offered for the Best User Experience, Best Web App, and Best New Idea.
For each of these categories, the developer of the winning app will get 25,000 euros, second prize 15,000 euros and 10,000 euros for third prize. For the special prizes, the winners will receive 10,000 euros.
They’re back – our hugely popular webinars, updated and refreshed for the Nokia Asha software platform, restart on 20 August. Once again you’ll have access to the leading Nokia Asha development and design experts, who’ll share their knowledge and answer your questions in the familiar webinar and clinic formats.
Our SDK team has been hard at work and is now pleased to deliver the full release of the Nokia Asha SDK 1.0 for developers looking to create Java apps for the Nokia Asha 501 — the latest smartphone sensation from Nokia.The big ticket changes in the full release are the inclusion of a language pack and the Tantalum library.
We had a great response to the Publish and Win competition, with a wide variety of applications being submitted.
With a selection of both Java and web apps, we saw some clever and interesting app ideas. After much thought, the judges have decided to award one grand prize of the Nokia 808 PureView and Nokia Asha 311.
Congratulations to Nokia Developer webinar participants who won cool Asha phones in our Learn and Win sweepstakes. Each of our winners registered for and attended a Nokia Developer webinar live or on demand, and used what they learned to correctly answer a question in a follow-up survey.
Giovanna Pavarani, a Nokia Developer member from Italy and one of our winners, summed up the feelings of many of our winners when she said WWWOOOAAAA!!!!! )))) Thank _you_! It’s nice to win a prize for learning
Charles Surles, Octacore, and wesee each won Asha phones for their participation in April Nokia Developer webinar sessions. @rgunawans scored a Nokia BH-211 headset. Colorful Asha t-shirts were awarded to Johan Sulistiyan, Kapila Nissanka, Giovanna Pavarani, and Mikko Vartiainen (@mvarti).
Winners from our May webinars introducing the new Nokia Asha software platform each walk away with an “elegant and clean Nokia Asha 501” as developer Ventsislav Ivanov (@venvenven) puts it. Each of our May series winners will also receive a USB stick full of developer tools. When Asha 501 phones begin shipping our winners will be among the first to own this great new phone. In some cases our winners may even have their Asha 501 before they’re available to consumers in their country. Congratulations to Ventsislav Ivanov (@venvenven), Vagrant Games, Pochi Mak, Roselle Wednesday Gardon and Maurilio Silva (@TK2k).
If you missed any of our webinars, all the slides and recordings are available for your review. Watch our webinar calendar for a full training series beginning in August.
If you could not join us for last month’s webinars introducing Nokia Asha platform technology and tools, you can catch up by viewing the online videos. Even if you joined us live, you may want to review the material now that you’ve had a few weeks to dig into your app development.
For each session, we offer you 3 resources: a presentation video that focuses on the trainer, a webinar recording that includes all the questions and comments from your fellow developers, and a downloadable slide deck with plenty of links to tools, documentation, and demo code. Here are the links:
Introduction to Nokia Asha software platform 1.0:
Introduction to Nokia Asha SDK 1.0 beta:
New features in Nokia Asha web app tools 3.0:
If you’d like a quick overview of how to publish your Java apps for the new Nokia Asha software platform (and for Series 40 Developer Platform), we’ve prepared a set of slides so you can easily see all the main steps, as well as how Nokia Publishing works in general. There is also more information about new Nokia Asha platform requirements.
We hope you’ll find these slides useful. If you have questions, comments, or development ideas, feel free to contact us at Publisher Support: