Check out the latest news from, Sanoma Group, one of the largest media companies in Finland. They just came out with an interesting press release for those of you who are interested in evaluating the business case for developing on Windows Phone.
A couple of highlights from a Nokia perspecitve:
“Nokia is a favourite among Finns
The visitor statistics of Sanoma online services also indicate changes in the popularity of mobile devices. It seems that Finns really embraced Nokia Lumia last year.
”Sanoma’s network and number of mobile visitors indicates that the total traffic from Lumia phones exceeded that from Android phones in the summer and it also reached the traffic level of the iPhone at year-end,” says Anders Stenbäck, Director of Sanoma’s digital partnerships.
In the autumn, Sanoma and Nokia launched co-operation through which new Lumia phones have Helsingin Sanomat and Ilta-Sanomat apps pre-installed.
“The co-operation with Nokia has been productive and it has also clearly increased the number of users of our Windows apps. Finland still remains Nokialand,” says Stenbäck.”
FINHTML5 lights up January with an event experience shaping the future of digital services. Some of the brightest tech leaders, visionaries, designers and hard core hackers will share their experience and vision for creating services for the multiscreen era on January 24th!
Andy Tjin, Head of Mobile HTML5 works in the Location & Commerce business at Nokia. This business unit aims to build and monetize unique location experiences for great mobile products, as well as the navigation industry, the automotive market and government and business solutions under the name HERE.
Andy will discuss the real life challenges, trade-offs and victories in creating a large scale, state-of-the-art mapping service for iOS, Android, Windows Phone 8 and Firefox OS devices.
Below are some quick specs for the event:
A great mix of tech leaders, visionaries, designers and hard core hackers in the speaker lineup
People who’ve really made it big time in the HTML5 space, including Andrew Betts from Financial Times, FT-Labs and Brian LeRoux, the father of Phonegap.
Creating fabulous services for the multiscreen era
How HTML5 is one of the main building blocks for building experiences today and tomorrow
What HTML5 actually is and isn’t
How are we stepping away from platform silos towards having your services available everywhere at all times
INTERGAME 2013 is a conference and exhibition of key game industry actors that are interested in cooperation, exploring new opportunities and exhibiting latest products. The conference will take place in Tallinn, Estonia on January 31st – February 2nd.
Lucian Tomuta from our Developer Experience team will join the conference and speak about “Game development for Windows Phone 8″. Check out the agenda here.
Nokia will also support the Pitch Contest, which is your chance to demonstrate your innovative ideas in front of a group of venture investors.
It’s time to wrap up some apps and get them ready for the holidays!
The HO HO! X-mas Hackathon is a two-day event for Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, and Nokia Asha app creation. There will be consultations with Nokia and Microsoft experts, presentations about Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, and Asha development, and, most importantly, plenty of time to hack. Have an app on another platform? Port it to Windows or Series 40. Or start from scratch and build something great for the season and beyond.
There will be Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 tracks in Turku, Tampere, and Oulu, andt he Tampere event will have an additional track covering the Series 40/Asha Java apps. Series 40 is the most widely used mobile platform in the world. The latest full touch Series 40 phones bring a smartphone experience to the mass market, complementing the range of Series 40 phones that deliver many mobile consumers their first internet experience.
Last week we told you about UTV Indiagames and their great achievement of reaching 100 million downloads from Nokia Store. Now they are accompanied by our Nordic friends Pico Brothers, who just recently also joined the exclusive 100-million club.
The guys behind Pico Brothers are Niklas Karlström and Kristian Engsjö (and also their dog Viggo). Pico Brothers have been developing great apps for Nokia Store for several years now, and have recently also started developing for Windows Phone, so be sure to check out their apps on Marketplace as well.
We congratulate Pico Brothers for reaching this milestone and look forward to more amazing apps that will make our devices more fun to use!