Creating a winning app is about more than proving your coding prowess. In today’s hectic apps world you need to be a marketing wiz too. And with the seemingly endless array of social media sites, technology bloggers and advertising channels, putting together marketing materials and getting them into the right online properties may seem daunting.
But don’t fret, our marketing gurus have come to the rescue with Marketing in a Box (MiB) — yes MiB, not saving the world from aliens but ensuring your coding brilliance doesn’t get consigned to a dusty corner of the app store.
Great news for those of you wanting to deliver superior UIs in your Series 40 apps— Lightweight UI Toolkit (LWUIT) for Series 40 has graduated from beta to a full initial release.
LWUIT is an open source Java ME toolkit that supports a comprehensive range of visual UI components, and other user interface elements such as theming, transitions, and animation among others. It helps you create applications with appealing UIs that closely follow the native Series 40 UIs. It also helps speed up development by significantly reducing the need to create custom UI components, which might be needed when creating an app’s UI using LCDUI. LWUIT for Series 40 can be used in combination with selected Nokia UI APIs and all the JSR APIs available on the platform.
Do you develop apps and content for Nokia Asha Series 40 phones? Interested in winning cash prizes and Nokia promotions? Then the Nokia Asha Developer Competition is for you.
For apps submitted to Nokia Store between now and June 30th, 2013, we’re giving awards for the best apps in four Asha categories: music and entertainment; games; utilities and productivity; and news and information. For each of these categories, we’ll be awarding three cash prizes: 25,000 euros for first place, 15,000 euros for second place, and 10,000 euros for third place. In addition, we have three special prizes of 10,000 euros each for the best user experience, best web app, and best new idea.
To top it all off, we’ll promote winning apps in Nokia channel campaigns and present them in targeted communications to other developers to give the winners even more exposure.
To qualify, your app must be designed to run on Nokia Asha Touch phones, and will ideally use at least one of Nokia’s monetisation methods: in-app purchasing or the Nokia Ad Exchange (NAX). The competition is open to developers from around the world—just make sure you publish in Nokia Store by June 30th, 2013.
Ready to accept the challenge? Then get your app ready and enter the Nokia Asha Developer Competition!
Nokia Developer Champions specialise in awesome, and today we announced at Mobile World Congress a renewed and revitalized Nokia Developer Champions program. Champions now get to enjoy new and exciting benefits and more opportunities.
Here are just some of the new benefits our Champions enjoy:
- Champions get free Nokia Premium Developer Program membership, which offers benefits worth up to $1500 (USD).
- To reward the most active Champions, we are introducing a Points & Rewards system, where Champions can earn points by participating in various activities, and then trade those points for great rewards!
- Champions get more chances to engage with other developers in the community and organize meet-ups, get speaking opportunities and host webinars
Champions of course continue enjoying previous benefits like the welcome pack, including a brand new device and a Champion certificate, and the device mini-loan service.
Do you have what it takes to be a Nokia Developer Champion? Do you know someone else who does? Nominate someone awesome.
Movie Reviews Series 40 Web App by avnee.nathani
Movie Reviews is a Series 40 Web app which features latest movies, shows details (release date, cast, synopsis) and reviews for the selected movies, and also allows users to search for other movies from the Rotten Tomatoes movie database. This article illustrates how the app is constructed.
As of now, the Movie Reviews application uses several attributes provided by the Rotten Tomatoes API. The author has future plans to add more attributes and make the user interface richer. To track the progress of the project please check the project at http://projects.developer.nokia.com/MovieReviews.
As Nokia strengthens its offerings for Series 40 consumers and developers, we are offering two new and improved tools to help developers create Series 40 web apps. Nokia Xpress Web App Builder, which guides coders and non-coders through a simple process of creating rich Web apps in minutes, has graduated from public beta to final release. Nokia Web Tools 2.3 offers new features that help developers create, test, package, and deploy Series 40 apps, including preparing them for distribution on Nokia Store.
podcasts is a Series40 Java application that packed with news, education, music etc, and user can also search for popular podcasts and add their own. It also comes with advance player controls like playback control speed and audio quality with graphics equalizer.
If you don’t like in-app advertising: there is a paid of the app available for you. To know more about the application features/functionality and the flow, see project wiki. You feedback and suggestions are most welcome for project enhancement. Feel free to raise tickets or start your discussion here.
– Somnath Banik (on behalf of the Projects Moderation team)
Congratulations to December’s Learn and Win prize winners. Our 10 winners attended Nokia Developer webinars during December, then answered a test question in our follow-up survey. And the winners are:
* Zacharia Mwangi of Nairobi will receive a lovely Nokia Asha 311 phone.
* Najath of India will receive an equally lovely Nokia Asha 303 phone. ‘The Nokia Developer Webinar series was really interesting and informative’, Najath says. ‘It is also great to be winning prizes by attending them.’
* Adrian Stoicuţa of Romania has won a Nokia Bluetooth Headset BH-211. Adrian is a two-time winner.
* Enlik Tjioe of Indonesia has won a Nokia Universal Portable USB Charger DC-16.
* Ade Setiawan, also of Indonesia, won a Nokia Essence Bluetooth Stereo Headset BH-610. ‘I’ve been waiting for this for a long time and I’ve finally chosen a winner’, Ade says. ‘I’m very pleased.’
* Nice Nokia lanyards were awarded to: Girish Padia of India; happydrim of Korea (another two-time winner); Shintu Dhang of India; Ron Hardy of the United States (another two-time winner); and Muhammad Ahmmad of Poland.
With that, our Learn and Win 2012 contest has come to an end. Thanks to everyone who attended Nokia Developer webinars during 2012. This year, we have plenty of new and exciting webinars lined up for you, and Learn and Win for 2013 has more prizes than ever. To learn more and register, check out the Nokia Developer webinars page today. See you online!
How powerful is Java for Series 40? Six recently posted videos will show you. They feature various example apps and technologies that illustrate just how advanced Java for Series 40 has become:
- Series 40 Games: a showcase of the rich collection of example games available from Nokia Developer for Series 40 — and all created with Java technology.
- aMaze: a labyrinth game showing the 3-D capabilities of Java and controlled with the accelerometer sensors available on several Nokia Asha phones.
- Weather App: a location-aware application with Nokia Ad Exchange in-app advertising.
- Tourist Attractions: a location-aware city guide example with in-app purchasing.
- Paint: a touch-based paint application that takes advantage of the multipoint touch capabilities in the Nokia Asha full touch phones.
- LWUIT for Series 40: showing how this technology enables rich UIs to be developed quickly.
View even more Nokia Developer videos about Java technology.
Your New Year’s resolution: Learn and win more with the Series 40 webinars.
You already know that we’re pumping up our Series 40 webinar offering for 2013, but now we can reveal that we’re also creating new possibilities to learn and win. While we’re continuing with the monthly draw, which is now for two Series 40 phones and associated goodies each month, we’ll also be rewarding contributions to the Nokia Developer wiki and the best Series 40 apps and games created by webinar attendees.