Today at CTIA Wireless 2012 in New Orleans we announced multiple significant new app partnerships.
Developers and brands including Rovio, ESPN, PGA Tour, Paypal and Groupon are the latest partners in the growing Nokia Lumia ecosystem, and their arrival is another step forward in our ongoing work to bring differentiated and original app experiences to Nokia Lumia.
As part of these new partnerships, iconic games like Angry Birds Space will join core news and entertainment apps from the likes of AOL, News Week and Time Magazine on Nokia Lumia. In addition, PayPal, Groupon, Box, EA Interactive and Tripdot are committed to delivering great new experiences to the growing base of Nokia Lumia users. Many of the apps launch as Nokia Lumia exclusives.
Our SVP of Nokia Developer, Marco Argenti, said the following in the announcement.
"We are focused on delivering great, locally relevant apps, and importantly, those which offer unique, exclusive and original experiences. With Nokia Lumia smartphones now available in 48 markets, developers are rapidly recognizing the business opportunities and creating their best work for our consumers.”
There are now more than 80,000 apps now available in Windows Phone Marketplace, and a range of Lumia-only app experiences that differentiate the device from other Windows Phones. Here is what Nokia Lumia users can expect following today’s announcements.
Rovio – Angry Birds Space and other titles joining the original Angry Birds on Nokia Lumia and Windows Phone
Rovio is building a dedicated design and development team to create games for Nokia Lumia smartphones and the wider Windows Phone ecosystem, with the goal of developing and publishing all future Rovio titles as soon as possible.
Electronic Arts (EA) Interactive - bringing leading game titles to Nokia Lumia and Windows Phone
Electronic Arts (EA) Interactive will continue to deliver leading game titles to Nokia Lumia and Windows Phone consumers, including FIFA, Madden NFL, NBA Jam, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® 2012, Mirror’s Edge and Yahtzee. These games join titles such as Needs for Speed™ Undercover, Need for Speed™ Hot Pursuit, The Sims™ 3, Spider Jack, and MONOPOLY which are already available in Windows Phone Marketplace
Groupon – Exclusive to Nokia Lumia for six months from launch
Groupon is currently working on an extensive upgrade of its Windows Phone app for launch in September 2012. The app will include a newly developed augmented reality deal discovery function to combine map and Points-of-Interest (POI) data with what is seen via the camera’s viewfinder, enabling users to see virtual Groupon deals, in real-time, nearby. The app will be exclusive to Nokia Lumia customers for six months.
ESPN – Extended exclusivity on Nokia Lumia until May 2013
The exclusive ESPN Hub will deliver a number of key updates in coming months, including scores on Live Tiles, team-level panoramas, personalization of scores, leagues and teams, and additional sports coverage such as Tennis, NASCAR and the 2012 Olympics. Additionally, a Windows Phone version of the ESPN Fantasy Football app will launch exclusively on Nokia Lumia smartphones this coming fall.
PayPal for Windows Phone
PayPal and Nokia will work together to bring PayPal’s secure, fast and easy payments capabilities to the Windows Phone platform and Nokia Lumia smartphones, globally. PayPal will leverage the power of Windows Phone Live Tiles to create a compelling user experience that provides users with the flexibility to pay on-the-go.
AOL Entertainment Hub – exclusive to Nokia Lumia for six months
Available exclusively to Nokia Lumia users at launch, AOL is set to introduce the AOL Entertainment Hub, bringing together the best of AOL’s content to deliver an immersive and inter-connected experience on Windows Phone. Users can listen to one of 55,000 radio stations via SHOUTcast, stream free music albums with AOL’s Listening Party or view Trailers and Movie listings.
Time Magazine for Windows Phone
TIME.com announced the forthcoming availability of TIME for Windows Phone. Utilising the stunning Windows Phone UI, the app will allow users to view TIME.com content, receive breaking news alerts, watch rich media content including video and share stories via the Windows Phone People Hub, while delivering the latest news and stories to users first via Live Tiles.
News Week – The Daily Beast app for Windows Phone
Newsweek’s digital partner The Daily Beast is coming to Windows Phone. With a smart, speedy take on the news from around the world, and the depth and investigative power of Newsweek magazine, the Daily Beast app delivers the latest content through Live Tiles and combines the unique style of The Daily Beast with the Windows Phone UI. For users who only have minutes to digest the latest news, the app also delivers The Cheat Sheet – your one stop must have reads from across the world – uniquely designed for Windows Phone.
Box for Windows Phone
The new Windows Phone app from Box – the company focused on providing workers with simple, secure sharing from anywhere – will be available to Nokia Lumia consumers this summer. With support for nine languages, Box for Windows Phone will allow users across the globe to browse, search and share files from their account.
Tripdots – Exclusive to Windows Phone for three months from launch
Tripdots helps drivers optimise their driving behaviors while connecting with other vehicle owners and sharing driving efficiency achievements via social networks. The app lets users monitor the operation of their vehicles to enable cost savings through better understanding fuel economy. Everyone can participate in the MPG Leader Board game, and information is only sent to drivers after their trip is complete.
PGA Tour – Exclusive for Nokia Lumia for 12 months from launch
The PGA Tour is launching a new mobile app to provide fans with live, enhanced coverage of PGA Tour golf events on the Windows Phone platform. Developed with Nokia, the app will be available exclusively on Nokia Lumia smartphones beginning in late June 2012. The new app provides fans with live tournament scoring, highlights and player information and interactive, augmented coverage of select events and holes, showing each player’s exact position and scoring information.