I think this comments itself.
What about signing? This makes impossible to sign a new application or update existing application even if it's distributed outside Nokia store. I fully understand why this decision is made but Nokia should at least make possible for the developers to sign their new applications and/or the updates to existing applications in some offline way, which won't require any expenses on Nokia's part (with the corresponding legal "we don't have any responsibility for this content" notice of course).
Disappointing news, didn't expect this to happen so soon.
Does dropping Symbian support also apply to new/updated J2ME content, even if the same JAR works (and is tested for the store in any case) on Asha devices? Probably.
The least thing Nokia should do now, if they really disallow publishing of new apps and updates for Symbian and completely end the signing service, is to provide a way for the the more advanced users and hobbyists who still want to stick with Symbian, to install applications that need extended capabilities, without the need for official signatures.
One possibility could be a Nokia-provided safe way for disabling the install-time requirement of Nokia/Symbian Signed signature for some or all of the extended capabilities (similarily to how "hacks" work). Another thing that might work would be giving out development certificates that are not locked to specific devices and UIDs (not sure if this is possible), that way developers could sign the applications once and users could install them, but would see the "development use only" warning during installation.
That would be nice of course, just do not forget that there is a Microsoft in the background...provide a way for the the more advanced users and hobbyists who still want to stick with Symbian, to install applications that need extended capabilities, without the need for official signatures.
- Symbian support is removed from the Store => there will be no distribution for Symbian devices via the Store
- Asha / Series 40 support is continued in the Store => applications distributed for Asha / Series 40 devices will remain being distributed for Asha / Series 40 devices. Of course if they were distributed for Symbian devices too, that part of the distribution can not continue
From my understanding, its like the content will be frozen(whatever is there will continue to exist..atleast till the next announcement for changes whenever they are decided), only that you wont be able to provide updates or new content. Correct me if I am wrong.If you have Symbian and MeeGo content in the Nokia Store, it will continue to be available for download to customers, and you will continue to receive download and revenue reports as well as payouts for downloaded content. However, starting January 1, 2014, you will no longer be able to publish any new content or update existing content for Symbian and MeeGo. - See more at: http://developer.nokia.com/Blogs/New....iZU13Y7D.dpuf
- Neil R.Bhasme -
Thanks Neil, you are right. Apparently some of us (including me) did not succeed with reading the announcement completely.
EDIT: maybe TongMuan also read it correctly. If your concern is about removing items distributed for Symbian, just because you are updating the items for Series 40 / Asha, I think it can be solved via having separate JAR-s for the devices/platforms. It is supported already.
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And quite frankly I have never felt a need of an 'anti-virus' for my Symbian phone
- Neil R.Bhasme -
From what i understood regarding the email is that only Symbian apps and meego apps (i.e. native apps) wont be able to updated any more,
however j2me apps (even those that target only sybmian devices) will be able to be update.
correct me if i'm wrong but thats how it seems to me.
- Neil R.Bhasme -
I am curious to know if what shai mentioned in #12 is true.Can S40 developers publish apps for S60 and later devices after Jan 2014 ?
Thanks a lot!