Does Nokia have any plans for an automated signing system like android or blackberry, As i understand it Nokia have dropped Java verified as a requirement for submission to the Ovi store (thanks for listening Nokia ). But still requires the midlet to be signed with a Verisign or Thawte signature. While at first glance this seems to address the whole issue, for me and quit likely many others this seems like a somewhat sticky tape solution, Its still gona cost me $500 a year for the privilege of selling my products, and the process of signing is no less convoluted and confusing.
So will Nokia close this issue once and for all and use a system similar to Apple Android and Blackberry, where by we as developers can upload our apps unsigned to Ovi for approval, Nokia checks the app as normal to make sure it meets their criteria and then signs the app for distribution on Ovi. I think this would greatly simplify the whole process of developing for Nokia devices and submitting content to Ovi.
Please note this isn’t a Nokia bashing exercise I’m grateful that Nokia has been listening to the development community and how hard the Ovi team has been working to get Ovi up and running, but the whole signing and java verified thing has been a thorn in the side of the Java developer community for, far far far too long now, and I think it needs a company like Nokia to shake things up and cast aside the hurdles, which have been placed in the way of java developers, and get us excited about developing for mobiles once more.