Our SDK team has been hard at work and is now pleased to deliver the full release of the Nokia Asha SDK 1.0 for developers looking to create Java apps for the Nokia Asha 501 — the latest smartphone sensation from Nokia.The big ticket changes in the full release are the inclusion of a language pack and the Tantalum library.
Thanks to the new language pack, the SDK emulator now enables you to test localized apps for many of the markets the Nokia Asha 501 will see over the coming months. The language pack includes 47 languages, including Arabic, Chinese, English, Hindi, Russian, and Spanish to name a few.
The other addition is the inclusion of the Tantalum Library — a collection of handy features enabling you to undertake advanced functional programming to create extremely responsive user interfaces and cross-platform background engines.
As you might expect, the full release also brings a host of minor improvements that deliver improved reliability and usability to the SDK. The latest versions of the LWUIT and HERE Maps APIs are also included in this release.
Nokia Asha 501 available as a Remote Device Access service
In conjunction with the full SDK release, we’re pleased to announce that the Nokia Asha 501 is now available in our Remote Device Access (RDA) service, meaning you can run and test your app via a device that you connect to over the Internet. Sporting the latest firmware release, these Nokia Asha 501 phones are available in “vanilla” and country-specific implementations, with phone variants for India, Russia, Indonesia, and the Portuguese language available.
RDA gives you access to real phones online over the Internet. Once you’ve connected to a phone, you can install and run software very much as you would on a phone you have in your possession. This is a great way to do that final testing of your app to make sure it works as you expect on the Nokia Asha 501.
To complement the full release of the SDK there are several updates to the documentation
- The Java Developer’s Library now includes full documentation of the Nokia Notifications APIs.
- The Porting to Nokia Asha library has been updated from the Series 40 version and in addition to fully covering porting to the Asha Platform also covers porting Android 2.x through 4.x apps, and includes updates to the examples as well as a number of other improvements.
- The LWUIT Developer’s Library and Nokia Asha Design Guidelines have received minor updates as well.
We’ve some new introductory videos for LWUIT, Nokia Notifications, and on-device debugging as well. If you’re new to any of these technologies, these videos take you through the steps you should follow to get each technology working for you.