We are very pleased to announce that one of our Nokia Developer Champions has won the Windows Phone Next App Star competition, a Microsoft-sponsored contest that will promote the winning app in a future Windows Phone ad on prime-time TV in the US.
The winner is Rudy Huyn of Rennes, France, for his Wikipedia app, which uses the phone’s location to find relevant articles. Rudy’s app also supports search in more than 100 languages, speech recognition, NFC sharing, QR codes, and services that include Pocket and Instapaper. Rudy has been a Nokia Developer Champion since last May, and you can meet him in this video.
The runner-up was Eddie Kezel of Roseville, Calif., and his ProShot photography app. Eddie is a member of our DVLUP program and is also a member of the Nokia Premium Developer Program for Lumia, which is designed to improve Windows Phone developer productivity.
The Next App Star competition launched in January, and developers had until early March to submit their apps. In all, more than 9,100 apps from nearly 80 countries were submitted. These apps were then rated and scored on quality, and the top 64 were awarded Lumia 920 smartphones, app merchandising, and one year of the Windows Phone Dev Center. The public then voted on these top 64 apps, and in just three weeks, they voted more than 600,000 times. The vote was really close: Rudy’s app won by only 155 votes. During the competition, there were also 21 daily giveaways of free Lumia 920 phones.