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:
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!
We’ve been busy making updates to the Nokia Lumia Developer’s Library.
To start with, a new article, How to adapt to Lumia phones’ hardware features provides best practices for adapting your apps for the hardware features of Nokia Lumia phones, and to make sure that your apps will run smoothly across Windows Phone 8 device portfolio. Besides providing techniques on how to deal with the varying hardware features and characteristics, we also discuss some of the UX aspects of adapting your app across devices. Furthermore, the article comes with a new Hardware Info example application demonstrating the implemention of checks for the availability and characteristics of device hardware features at runtime.
Today we introduced Nokia Lumia 925, the newest member of the Nokia Lumia smartphone family. The beautifully crafted phone with a metal/polycarbonate body creates a unique look and feel while delivering a terrific antenna performance.
With Nokia Lumia 925 we are further strengthening the imaging capabilities first shared with Nokia Lumia 920; the 8.7 megapixel camera on Nokia Lumia 925 is packed with the most advanced lens technology, latest generation of Nokia proprietary imaging software, and optical image stabilization. Read more about the announcement and check out the phone.
Nokia Lumia 925
We have broadened the Lumia reach – from the Lumia 520 to the top with the new Lumia 925 – your Windows Phone opportunity continues to grow:
The Lumia ecosystem is expanding, with more than 145,000 apps for Windows Phone now available to consumers in 190 countries worldwide.
Operator billing is expanding rapidly, too. According to Microsoft, the average developer earns three times more in a market that supports operator billing than they do in a market that supports only credit cards. Check out this article from Microsoft’s Todd Brix.
And others have also noticed the benefits of the Windows Phone and Nokia Lumia opportunity:
In its latest report, Kantar Worldpanel confirms that Windows Phone is the fastest-growing mobile ecosystem. And the latest statistics coming from AdDuplex, an app cross-promotion provider, confirm the strong position of Nokia Lumia in the Windows Phone ecosystem.
Today we introduced a global initiative that will help developers unlock the market for affordable smartphones by launching the Nokia Asha software platform and the Nokia Asha 501, the first smartphone built on the new Asha platform.
The Nokia Asha software platform represents a major new opportunity for developers, as we expect to sell 100 million of the new-generation Asha smartphones over the next two years.
What does it take to develop a compelling, innovative app for Nokia Lumia smartphones? For the developers of the TouchMountain app, it helps to be attracted to the Windows Phone UI. ‘It was fascinating to find out how much you can do with a smartphone,’ says André Meyer, a student and TouchMountain’s main developer, ‘and to learn how much potential we can find in this young platform.’
TouchMountain is a mobile tourist guide to finding mountain peaks. The app, which started as a 12-week university project, has been published by MIT-Innovation AG, a technology development company in Wollerau, Switzerland.
The TouchMountain app combines and integrates several mobile technologies to let Nokia Windows Phone users find and learn about nearby mountain peaks. TouchMountain uses the phone’s camera and Augmented Reality to let users discover local mountains. The app then uses data from the phone’s GPS sensor, accelerometer or gyro-sensor, digital compass, plus the Internet connection, to visualize recognized peaks on the phone’s display. Users can also find peaks on a map or text list. To learn more about any peak, users tap a mountain peak on the screen; TouchMountain then offers information on more than 750,000 peaks worldwide, including elevation, distance from the user, live webcams, Wikipedia articles on the surroundings, and local weather. TouchMountain also features a compass, navigation, sharing, and pictures of the landscape that include images of annotated mountains.
To develop the TouchMountain client, Meyer and his colleagues used a variety of programming languages, third-party libraries, and developer tools, including the Telerik RadControls, a suite of UI controls for creating engaging and interactive UIs for Windows Phone apps. (Access to the Telerik suite is among the benefits of the Nokia Premium Developer Program, of which MIT Innovation AG is a member.) Meyer describes the RadControls as ‘simply stunning’ and adds that the experience was so good, his team also bought a license for Windows 8 and WPF applications. Along the way, valuable help was provided by both Nokia and Microsoft. ‘Nokia and its employees do an amazing job with their developer platform’, Meyer says, ‘helping developers with questions, test devices, and other support.’
Next, Meyer and his colleagues are going to concentrate on promoting their application. They plan to use the geotargeted Promotions feature of Nokia Ad Exchange (NAX) to promote TouchMountain in other apps to users in countries where such an application is relevant. NAX is an easy-to-use, cross-platform ad exchange that links developers with more than 120 ad networks worldwide and enables payments in more than 200 countries.
Early feedback from TouchMountain users has been overwhelmingly positive, Meyer says, adding, ‘We get absolutely incredible feedback from our users everywhere around the world.’ Some users have even offered to add new features to the app, including translations into additional languages and new peaks for the database. Perhaps that’s not surprising; TouchMountain’s developers were also its first users. ‘As avid outdoor athletes,’ Meyer says, ‘we always wanted to know the name of the wonderful mountains we found.’ Now they, and other mountain fans worldwide, can.