At our Nokia World event today in Abu Dhabi, we introduced a number of new phones, including three large-screen devices to our Lumia family and three new Nokia Asha devices, $5 million USD in rewards available through our DVLUP rewards program, and introduced Nokia Developer Offers.
New big-screen Lumias
As part of today’s announcement, the Nokia Lumia family has grown in numbers and in size with the addition of the Nokia Lumia 2520, the first Windows 8.1 RT tablet from Nokia. At the same time we have introduced two new devices with 6” displays: the Nokia Lumia 1520 with 1080p resolution, and Nokia Lumia 1320 with 720p resolution.
These new devices expand the Lumia reach and provide more opportunities for you to target different users with unique form factors and user experiences.
Lumia Black with Windows Phone Update 3
The latest Windows Phone 8 update, delivered to Nokia Lumia devices via the Lumia Black software, brings a host of new features to users and a new screen resolution for your apps to exploit. The big news for your apps is support for larger 6″ screens with 720p and 1080p HD resolutions.
To make full use of the extra physical dimensions, the Windows Phone 8 Update 3 included in Lumia Black delivers users an extra start screen tiles column and several optimised apps. You now have more space to enable your apps to express themselves. You’ll want to make sure your apps are 16:9-ready for 720p and 1080p, and build in high DPI assets.
New Nokia Asha devices and new development tools
We also introduced three new Asha devices: The Nokia Asha 500, Nokia Asha 502, and Nokia Asha 503, plus new development tools.
The Nokia Asha SDK 1.1 (beta) is available to support development on the new Nokia Asha 500, Nokia Asha 502, and Nokia Asha 503 — in addition to the already popular Nokia Asha 501. With support for new VoIP and Share APIs, using the SDK enables apps to enter new territory in communication and social interaction.
In addition, version 3 of the Nokia Asha web app tool has exited beta. The release version includes additional examples and templates, making it even easier to create rich, immersive web apps for the latest Nokia Asha family phones. The included simulator has also been updated to incorporate support for the image quality settings available on Nokia Asha phones, enabling more accurate web app testing.
- Check out the Asha 500 >
- Check out the Asha 502 >
- Check out the Asha 503 >
- Download the Nokia Asha SDK 1.1 (beta) >
- Download the Nokia Asha web app tool version 3 >
- New resources for Nokia Asha development >
DVLUP and win
There are now over US $5 million worth of rewards available through DVLUP, Nokia’s developer rewards program. DVLUP is currently available in over 20 countries and now, for the first time, also includes support for Nokia Asha developers.
Getting started is easy. You can sign up and start collecting Experience Points (XP) by taking quizzes on a wide variety of development related subjects, challenges where you create or update apps, or to build your apps’ profile through stars and reviews. You then redeem your XP for exciting rewards such as merchandising, marketing and promotional support, and the latest Nokia phones.
• DVLUP.com >
Nokia Developer Offers
Nokia Developer Offers is a set of design, development, and troubleshooting tools that will help you build great apps that appeal to your users. This set of tools is free for eligible developers. Nokia Developer Offers provides you access to the following tools:
• Microsoft Windows Phone Dev Center subscription
• BugSense Performance Monitoring Solution
• Infragistics NetAdvantage
• Telerik RadControls
To help you with the tools and resources you need to target the new Lumia devices, we are providing a list of useful resources:
- A code sample for dynamic layouts >
- Updated Lumia Developer’s Library >
- Lumia App Lab webinar on optimising apps for the new large Lumia screens:
o 6 November: 8 a.m. London; 1:30 p.m. New Delhi; 4 p.m. Singapore
o 7 November: 8 a.m. San Francisco; 10 a.m. Mexico City; 4 p.m. London