Monday, October 24, 2011

Nokia Rewards Application Developers with Smart Phones

In a bid to support application developers to build locally relevant applications for its platform, World’s leading manufacturer of mobile devices, Nokia, presented some smartphones as prizes for winners of its mobile app competition recently held in Lagos.

The head of Nokia’s Ecosystem Developer Experience (EDX), Teemu Kiijarvi, said the move was one of the ways Nokia was demonstrating its commitment to supporting local developers in building innovative applications on its proprietary platform – the Nokia store.

According to him Nokia’s decision to support developers is based on the need to have a rich ecosystem of exciting locally-built applications to suit the needs of Nigerians. He noted that, 2 months ago, Nokia organized a free three-day training for over 200 Nigerian developers.

Kiijarvi also denied speculations that Nokia was on the verge of facing out phones built on the Symbian platform. According to him, Nokia has actually developed new Symbian updates, which have greatly improved the user-interface of most Nokia phones.

Nokia’s new monetization opportunities for developers are tailored for local markets and include integrated operator billing with 112 operators in 36 markets, more than 25 times more operator billing integrations than Nokia’s nearest competitor. Nokia Store has seen integrated operator billing increase consumer transactions by up to four times and this, coupled with Nokia’s beta programs for in-app billing and in-app advertising, means more revenue opportunities for developers on Symbian.

Developers who won the contest include Ajibola Aiyedogbon, Seyi Eluwole, Oyewole Oyediran, Adesoye Gbolahan and Oluwarotimi Akintewe.

One of the developers, Ajibola Aiyedogbon, whose application (My Cash) on expense tracking, said he was hopeful that the download would ultimately be financially rewarding and thus urged other developers to embrace the Nokia platform.

He disclosed that consumers are already enjoying the download on Nokia store while he commended Nokia for providing him with its platform to reach people with his application.