If you’ve got an application for Android or BlackBerry (up to BlackBerry OS 7.1), your existing Java code puts you in a great position to take advantage of the growing demand for apps from Series 40 phone owners.
To help you take advantage of this opportunity, we’ve started to gather a collection of resources to guide you through the porting process in the Porting to Series 40 library section.
Integrated operator billing helps developers by offering their consumers a seamless purchasing experience as well as a secure transaction model for those who do not own or are reticent about using their credit cards to make online purchases.
As we continue to focus on creating enhanced revenue opportunities for our developers, Nokia has extended its ecosystem of operator billing partners with Nokia Store to include Idea Cellular in India. This partnership will make Nokia Store easily accessible to millions of Idea Cellular consumers, allowing them to use their Nokia phones to consume premium content from Nokia Store and pay for it via their pre-paid or post-paid accounts.
It’s time to wrap up some apps and get them ready for the holidays!
The HO HO! X-mas Hackathon is a two-day event for Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, and Nokia Asha app creation. There will be consultations with Nokia and Microsoft experts, presentations about Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, and Asha development, and, most importantly, plenty of time to hack. Have an app on another platform? Port it to Windows or Series 40. Or start from scratch and build something great for the season and beyond.
There will be Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 tracks in Turku, Tampere, and Oulu, andt he Tampere event will have an additional track covering the Series 40/Asha Java apps. Series 40 is the most widely used mobile platform in the world. The latest full touch Series 40 phones bring a smartphone experience to the mass market, complementing the range of Series 40 phones that deliver many mobile consumers their first internet experience.
Map Explorer demonstrates the use of new Map control for Windows Phone 8. This application shows functionality like searching of address, calculating route, etc in the same page, giving the user an immediate understanding of the Map property changes. To follow the standards of using location feature in the application it has also added the query dialog for user’s premising before accessing the location service of the device. The project wiki explains the compatibility and implementation of the application.
Windows Phone 8 Map API brings a fluid and extensive use of Map experience. Whether you are upgrading an existing Bing Maps application or writing a new Map application for Windows Phone 8 , Guide to the maps could be the one stop tutorial for you. This article explains step-by-step implementation of Windows Phone 8 Map API along with its features and the class library used.
NFC Talk is a peer-to-peer chat application demonstrates the use of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology on Windows Phone 8. This application has three pages: settings page, connect page and a chatting page. To run the application user needs to enter a name in the settings page. Connect page is used to establish a connection between two devices and chatting page to send message between them. To know more about NFC Talk application architecture and the API usage, see Opening sockets with NFC article.
NFC brings a fast and easy way of data transmission between devices. Windows Phone 8 platform uses Proximity API which opens a communication channel between two devices, just by tapping the devices together. To learn more see Windows Phone 8 Proximity API reference .
Camera Explorer shows the use of Windows Phone 8 advance photography API. This application contains three views: viewfinder, settings and preview page. Viewfinder has the option to select ISO and scene mode, settings page holds the camera configuration controls and preview page opens and display the preview image of the photo captured in the viewfinder. A comparison and implementation of the application in respect to Windows Phone 7 are provided in the project wiki.
Windows Phone 8 camera API has a high configurability of camera parameters. This new photography API allows the access of both the camera hardware and the camera API of the platform, like exposure time, ISO, focus position and white balance. To learn more about this camera API see Advance photo capturing library.
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.
We developers are just a bit competitive, and always want to know how we stack up against other developers. Today, Nokia announces DVLUP, a rewards program by developers for developers – earn badges and points for development, community support, and completing challenges, then redeem your points for cool gear and display your achievements with pride.
DVLUP is launching as a private beta for developers in the USA and Canada who have a Windows Phone Dev Center Account. Register on DVLUP.com to starting earn badges and points for your development activities, and get recognized for your contributions, your code, and your genius.
Attention, student developers in the Middle East and Africa: Nokia has teamed up with Microsoft to launch the Midnight Developer Challenge, and this is your chance to prove yourself and win amazing cash and prizes.
How? Team up with your mates (up to three students per team), register online between November 8th and December 1st, and develop a great app or game for the most innovative Smartphone around—the Nokia Lumia 920. The apps and games must be developed using the newly released Windows Phone 8 SDK.
The Midnight Developer challenge will also arm you with everything you need to accomplish your mission: weekly webinars and a dedicated hotline and resource center are at your disposal throughout the duration of the competition.
The contest has two categories: Apps and Games. Each category will have two winners, with first prize being $10,000 (USD), a trip to a Nokia Global event, plus an XBOX and Lumia 920 for each team member. The second place team will receive $5,000 (USD), an XBOX and Lumia 920 per team member.
Additionally there will be a People’s Choice category, where the winner will receive $3,000 USD plus one XBOX and Lumia 920 per team member.
You want more? Your entry might also be eligible to compete in the Microsoft Imagine Cup 2013 Windows Phone challenge. No more reasons to wait!