Full-touch has arrived on the world’s largest mobile platform, with the launch of three innovative new Nokia Asha devices
The Nokia Asha 305, Asha 306, and Asha 311 bring a full-touch form factor to Series 40, and the touchscreen devices will let Series 40 developers showcase the biggest, most tactile apps ever seen on the platform.
The devices are expected to ship in the third quarter of 2012 (second quarter for Asha 305), and will have an estimated retail price in the EUR 63-68 range for Asha 305 and Asha 306 and EUR 92 for Asha 311 (excluding taxes and subsidies).
While representing an innovative new chapter for Series 40, all three devices remain true to the values that have helped us ship 1.5 billion Series 40 devices so far – accessibility, value and utility. The new phones take advantage of Nokia Broswer 2.0, a major recent update which uses cloud technology to reduce data consumption when browsing the web by up to 90%. The pre-loaded social client makes it simple to access Facebook, Twitter and other social networks. All users will also receive an exclusive gift of 40 EA game titles, free to download and keep forever.
Consider the growth of Series 40 downloads – of the first billion Nokia Store downloads, Series 40 devices accounted for 13%. Of the fifth (and most recent) billion, Series 40 comprised 42% . There are now over 100,000 content items available in Nokia Store for Series 40 devices, and nearly 25,000 specifically targeting Nokia Asha and its more advanced features. Adding an all screen paradigm to this growing app platform creates even more possibility for your Java and web apps.
The Java and web tools Series 40 developers know and use today for Series 40 development are being updated and augmented with additional capabilities that will allow you to target these exciting new devices. We will announce these updated Java and web tooling releases and release dates as soon as possible here on the Nokia Developer blog.