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.
Many of the most popular applications are already available or in development for the Nokia Asha platform, including CNN, eBuddy, ESPN, Facebook, Foursquare, Line, LinkedIn, Nimbuzz, Pictelligent, The Weather Channel, Twitter, WeChat, WhatsApp, World of Red Bull and games from Electronic Arts, Gameloft, Indiagames, Namco-Bandai and Reliance Games. Many more will be available in the coming months.
You will also get easy-to-use development tools and more ways to sell and promote apps, including the new Nokia In-App Payment tool.
New Nokia Asha SDK 1.0 and Nokia Asha web app tools
The new Nokia Asha Software Development Kit 1.0 supports the development, testing, packaging and deployment of Java apps on the Nokia Asha platform.
New APIs in this SDK include:
- Mobile Internationalization (JSR238)
- Nokia Notifications
- Image Scaling
- Network State
- Phone settings
Learn more and download the Asha SDK 1.0.
The new Nokia Asha web app tools include a Web Development Environment (WDE) and an integrated development environment (IDE) that can be used to create and edit Nokia Asha web apps. In addition, a Web Inspector is included to help developers to debug and inspect elements, as is a new Web Designer Tool for creating great user experiences for your web apps.
Learn more and download the web app tools.
Nokia In-App Payment
We have also introduced the new Nokia In-App Payment tool, designed to make it easier for you to sell content from within your apps. It provides a simple and secure purchase experience for consumers and transparent payments for developers. Nokia In-App Payment will also be available for existing Asha and Series 40 phones*(from 6th edition platform and above, except C1-01 and C1-02. Nokia will release a public beta of Nokia In-App Payment in the coming weeks, and you can sign up for the beta here.
Publishing apps for the new Asha platform is easy as well via Nokia Store. And since its establishment, Nokia Store has now surpassed more than 10 billion cumulative downloads.