Next week, we are hosting invitation-only training on the new Nokia Asha software platform 1.0 at our headquarters in Finland. If you will not be joining us in person, you are invited to join us online. There will be two deep-dive sessions covering the Nokia Asha UI. Both sessions will be presented by UX expert Jan Krebber, and both sessions will be broadcast live from the training sessions held at Nokia House in Espoo. We will have a dedicated online host, so any questions you ask during the session will be answered.
You can attend either of these 3-hour deep dive webinars separately, but you will learn more if you attend both. And don’t worry, Jan will provide a break half-way through each three-hour session!
Great news for those of you wanting to deliver superior UIs in your Series 40 apps— Lightweight UI Toolkit (LWUIT) for Series 40 has graduated from beta to a full initial release.
LWUIT is an open source Java ME toolkit that supports a comprehensive range of visual UI components, and other user interface elements such as theming, transitions, and animation among others. It helps you create applications with appealing UIs that closely follow the native Series 40 UIs. It also helps speed up development by significantly reducing the need to create custom UI components, which might be needed when creating an app’s UI using LCDUI. LWUIT for Series 40 can be used in combination with selected Nokia UI APIs and all the JSR APIs available on the platform.
FINHTML5 lights up January with an event experience shaping the future of digital services. Some of the brightest tech leaders, visionaries, designers and hard core hackers will share their experience and vision for creating services for the multiscreen era on January 24th!
Andy Tjin, Head of Mobile HTML5 works in the Location & Commerce business at Nokia. This business unit aims to build and monetize unique location experiences for great mobile products, as well as the navigation industry, the automotive market and government and business solutions under the name HERE.
Andy will discuss the real life challenges, trade-offs and victories in creating a large scale, state-of-the-art mapping service for iOS, Android, Windows Phone 8 and Firefox OS devices.
Below are some quick specs for the event:
A great mix of tech leaders, visionaries, designers and hard core hackers in the speaker lineup
People who’ve really made it big time in the HTML5 space, including Andrew Betts from Financial Times, FT-Labs and Brian LeRoux, the father of Phonegap.
Creating fabulous services for the multiscreen era
How HTML5 is one of the main building blocks for building experiences today and tomorrow
What HTML5 actually is and isn’t
How are we stepping away from platform silos towards having your services available everywhere at all times
Congratulations to our October Learn and Win prize winners. Jukka-Pekka Lasanen, Adrian Stoicuta, Michal Kaminski, and Muhammad Salman Iftikhar each attended one of our Nokia Developer Webinars and answered a test question posed in a follow-up survey.
Here’s what they won:
Jukka-Pekka Lasanen from Finland will receive a sweet Nokia Asha 311 phone.
Adrian Stoicuta from Romania and Michal Kaminski from Poland each win a black DC-16 Nokia Portable USB Charger.
Muhammad Salman Iftikhar from Pakistan walks away with a black WH-920 Purity Stereo Headset.
Adrian informs us that “My black Nokia N9 will be very happy when he meets this black DC-19”. We just love it when our products find a good home.
If you want your chance at one of these prizes, we will give away Nokia Asha 311 phones and accessories each month for the rest of the year. To be eligible, all you need to do is register for a full-hour Nokia Developer webinar and complete a follow-up survey with the correct answer drawn from your session.
The Nokia Developer series of webinars continues with three presentations that will help you create great apps for Nokia Series 40 full touch phones.
These webinars are free to attend and open to all developers anywhere in the world. Here’s what is coming:
UX checklist for Series 40 full-touch apps
Are you looking to do a quick user experience (UX) check of your Series 40 full-touch app? This webinar will provide pointers you can use, even if you have no formal experience in UX design. UX expert Jan Krebber of Digia will present a list of the worst UX mistakes he and his colleagues have found in their real-world tests. Jan will not only point out mistakes you may be making, but also provide specific solutions to those problems. Also, this presentation will feature exercises and a follow-up treatment in a Nokia Developer Wiki article. For your convenience, this webinar will be presented twice:
UI design for monetisation enablers for Series 40 full touch
How you design and present monetisation interactions requires as much attention to user experience as does the rest of your app. If you use in-app ads or in-app purchasing, this UX webinar is for you.
In this webinar, you will be walked through the recommended flows of various monetisation stories in Series 40 full touch. You will also learn about common mistakes that developers make — and solutions to those problems. This presentation will also feature exercises, and they will receive follow-up treatment in a Nokia Developer Wiki article. For your convenience, this webinar will be presented twice:
You know how important it is to test your app before publishing. But if you test only the code, you are missing half the story: You also need to find bugs in your design. If not, consumers may still find your app frustrating and give it low ratings in Nokia Store.
Join UX expert Jan Krebber of Digia as he presents simple methods to find UX bugs and then correct them. Jan’s techniques can help you increase your app quality, whether you work for a large organization or on your own. This presentation will also feature exercises, and they will receive follow-up treatment in a Nokia Developer Wiki article. For your convenience, this webinar will be presented twice:
If you could not join us for the intro series, don’t worry. Slides and recordings of all sessions are available on the Nokia Developer webinars page and in our Slideshare account. You can also join us next week for a repeat of the popular Introduction to Full Touch UI for Series 40 webinar presented by Andreas Jakl.
Introduction to Full Touch UI for Series 40
Get the most out of Series 40 Touch phones by learning how to create a UI that perfectly fits the full-touch interaction style. Check out this encore presentation of the popular webinar that introduced the new full-touch UI.
Publishing to Nokia Store
Publishing your Series 40 applications to Nokia Store is easy. Join us to learn about the Nokia Publish tool and get inside knowledge about how to distribute your apps in a way that can maximise your consumer reach.
Optimise Nokia Maps apps for Nokia Asha Touch
Learn how to customise and extend the default UI of the Nokia Maps API for Java™ ME by creating custom map components for Nokia Maps-based applications that tap the advanced features of the full-touch UI on Series 40 phones.
Are you developing apps for Nokia Series 40 phones? Then you will want to attend two Nokia Developer webinars this month:
Adapting Series 40 Touch and Type apps to full-touch UI
In this webinar, you will learn key development skills for adapting your Series 40 Touch and Type Java™ applications to take full advantage of the new Nokia Asha Touch phones. Java expert Michael Samarin from Futurice will show you how to use the new APIs and adapt your apps’ screen dimensions and input methods. During live coding demonstrations, Michael will use the NetBeans IDE and simultaneous installations of the new Nokia SDK 2.0 for Java™ and the earlier Nokia SDK 1.1 for Java™. Michael will also demonstrate how to build Java apps with multiple configurations for various product groups. So you can target the newest Nokia Asha Touch phones, as well as the large installed base of Touch and Type phones.
~~~~~~~~~~~~ User-centric design of Series 40 apps
Success in Nokia Store is dominated by apps with four- or five-star user ratings. Big companies know this and hire full-time UX specialists to ensure high ratings. But if you can’t afford a dedicated UX specialist, this webinar is for you. UX expert Jan Krebber from Digia will walk you through a simple process of focusing on UX-design principles that are critical for the growing market for Nokia Asha Touch apps. The ideas are easy to follow, and after the webinar, you should be able to apply user-centric design to your own application projects.
The webinar will point out the benefits of a superior user experience, apply the design process to a sample application, and give you a chance to try things yourself in an exercise. After the presentation, possible solutions for the exercise will be published in an article on the Nokia Developer Wiki.
Full-touch has arrived on the world’s largest mobile platform, with the launch of three innovative new Nokia Asha devices
The Nokia Asha 305, Asha 306, and Asha 311 bring a full-touch form factor to Series 40, and the touchscreen devices will let Series 40 developers showcase the biggest, most tactile apps ever seen on the platform.
The devices are expected to ship in the third quarter of 2012 (second quarter for Asha 305), and will have an estimated retail price in the EUR 63-68 range for Asha 305 and Asha 306 and EUR 92 for Asha 311 (excluding taxes and subsidies).
While representing an innovative new chapter for Series 40, all three devices remain true to the values that have helped us ship 1.5 billion Series 40 devices so far – accessibility, value and utility. The new phones take advantage of Nokia Broswer 2.0, a major recent update which uses cloud technology to reduce data consumption when browsing the web by up to 90%. The pre-loaded social client makes it simple to access Facebook, Twitter and other social networks. All users will also receive an exclusive gift of 40 EA game titles, free to download and keep forever.
Consider the growth of Series 40 downloads – of the first billion Nokia Store downloads, Series 40 devices accounted for 13%. Of the fifth (and most recent) billion, Series 40 comprised 42% . There are now over 100,000 content items available in Nokia Store for Series 40 devices, and nearly 25,000 specifically targeting Nokia Asha and its more advanced features. Adding an all screen paradigm to this growing app platform creates even more possibility for your Java and web apps.
The Java and web tools Series 40 developers know and use today for Series 40 development are being updated and augmented with additional capabilities that will allow you to target these exciting new devices. We will announce these updated Java and web tooling releases and release dates as soon as possible here on the Nokia Developer blog.