Today at the Microsoft Build conference we are announcing the Nokia Premium Developer Program, a program designed to make building Windows Phone apps faster, better and more affordable.
The Nokia Premium Developer Program is a package of Windows Phone-related tools and services designed to help you develop great looking, high-performance apps for Nokia Lumia smartphones. For a program membership cost of only $99 (USD)/year, you’ll get tools and services with a suggested retail value of up to $1,500 (USD).
The program includes:
1 year membership in Microsoft Windows Phone Dev Center
1 license for Telerik RadControls for Windows Phone
1 million API calls per calendar month with Buddy’s cloud API offering
We are pleased to introduce the Nokia Ad Exchange service that helps you monetise your app by connecting it to over 120 ad networks worldwide.
Nokia Ad Exchange is a private mobile advertising exchange that offers access to the top ad networks in the world. With one API and one partner, you’ll get access to over 120 ad agencies and networks worldwide.
Beta releases of Nokia SDK 2.0 for Java and Nokia Web Tools 2.0 are now available. These new Series 40 development tools are your route to realising the extended Series 40 opportunity created by the introduction of the Asha Touch phones.
Nokia SDK 2.0 for Java
In addition to the usual tools — documentation, APIs, and an emulator — the Nokia SDK 2.0 for Java contains our first full featured, customised IDE. Based on the Eclipse platform, Nokia IDE for Java will streamline your development activities, with features such as the Device SDK Manager, Nokia specific JAD attribute editor, and a range of code templates.
Listening to user feedback we know that in the past developers have been frustrated with trying to find the right SDK for Series 40 development. With Nokia SDK 2.0 for Java, we are introducing the Nokia SDK Manager. From within the Nokia IDE for Java you can now specify a phone, screen size, form factor, or feature and instantly get a list of the SDKs supporting your choice. The SDK or SDKs can then be installed immediately, right from within the IDE.
Among the code templates you will find one with everything you need to implement an app with in-app purchasing capabilities and the JAR attribute editor makes targeting you app package at Series 40 phones simple and straightforward.
Finally, there are a number of updates to the SDK that are designed to take advantage of new features being introduced in Series 40 Touch. There is an updated Nokia UI API that gives you features such as multi-point touch and an implementation of the Mobile Sensor API (JSR-234). The emulator has been updated too with an orientation simulator, the integration of Nokia Maps into the location simulator, and useful links built into the emulators menu.
Nokia Web Tools 2.0 Series 40 web apps are the best way to deliver great experiences to Series 40 users that leverage your existing web assets. With the release of Nokia Web Tools 2.0 you now have the ability to enhance those experiences with features such as file upload and download, password management, and the addition of in-app advertising to your web apps. In addition, there are several improvements in HTML and CSS support, enabling you to deliver richer UIs.
Nokia Web Tools 2.0 enables you to code web apps that take full advantage of these features, and test them on your computer — Nokia Web Tools 2.0 is available for Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac OS X and Ubuntu Linux. The Web App Simulator offers support for the full-touch screen resolution and has been updated to provide a more phone-accurate rendering of web apps.
Series 40 represents the single largest opportunity for you to deliver Java and web apps to mobile consumers worldwide. The introduction of Nokia Asha Touch phones delivers these users a near smartphone experience and the updated tools enable you to take full advantage of this in your apps. With accelerating download rates, there has never been a better time to target Series 40.
Indiagames, Psiloc and Liverpool FC have already used these tools to create apps for the new Asha Touch phones and share their experiences in this video:
Interested in learning about developing for the new Nokia Asha 305, Asha 306, and Asha 311 phones? Learn from developers who already made the move. Three new videos present developers from Psiloc, Liverpool FC, and UTV Indiagames explaining how they created apps for the new Asha Touch phones and why they are so excited about the phones’ market opportunities.
Indiagames: This Mumbai-based developer, with 100 million downloads on Nokia Store, has created games for the latest Nokia Asha Touch phones. Prasad Nair, Executive Producer of Mobile, says, the Nokia SDK for Java ‘provides APIs, likes gestures and sensors, that allow the user to interact with the games in much more entertaining ways than before’. Adds Vishal Gondal, Managing Director of Digital: ‘The new Asha Touch phones…could be a game changer for a market like India.’ Watch the video.
Psiloc used Java tools to create a new version of its popular World Traveler app for the Nokia Asha Touch phones in just four months. ‘Using Java is quite easy’, says Muhammed Ahmmad, Creative Program at the Warsaw, Poland developer. ‘And Series 40 devices are getting smarter and more powerful.’ Watch the video.
Liverpool FC and InfoMedia developed Match and News Centre, a Web app for Nokia Asha Touch phones that includes both free and premium content. ‘Nokia devices are massively popular in the territories where we have large fan bases’, says Kathy Smith, Mobile Manager for the U.K. football club. Adds Sanjay Mistry, Operations Director at the app’s developer, InfoMedia: ‘Nokia Web tools for Series 40 are easy to install. We managed to get up and running within half an hour.’
Start developing for the latest Nokia Asha Touch devices now: