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Windows Phone 8 is designed to streamline your digital world with its intuitive and unified interface, and the Nokia Lumias with Windows Phone take full advantage of this power. New resizable Live Tiles give you a more flexible interface for displaying data to users, allowing them to customize your app the way they want.
If you are working on location-aware apps for Windows Phone 8, tap into the leading mapping and navigation platform.
Microsoft has chosen Nokia's technology to provide maps (offline and online), map controls, and routing capabilities to Windows Phone 8. Access to the Nokia Location Platform is enabled through a set of Map APIs in the Windows Phone 8 SDK. Nokia offers client-side APIs and REST services for other platforms too.
Integrate the leading music platform into your Nokia Lumia apps, using the Nokia Music APIs. Let your users add a soundtrack,
discover gigs, explore artists and more. The API is also available as a Web API for non-Nokia platforms.
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NFC is opening up new possibilities for mobile apps. Using this short-range radio technology can greatly simplify how users obtain information from and interact with their environment. When a phone touches or is held near an NFC tag or another NFC-capable device, data can be exchanged. This data could be a link to the download of the menu from a favourite restaurant, the specifications for an electronic gizmo, or pairing information from a Bluetooth headset or another phone that can be used to exchange objects: the possibilities are endless.
Telerik RadControls for Windows Phone are a suite of custom controls designed to shorten time to market and to help your apps rank higher in the Windows Phone Store. Chosen by a number of publishers with top selling apps, RadControls for Windows Phone offers a wide range of capabilities to complement the stock UI Toolbox, such as powerful animations, data visualisation, design templates, and building blocks.
Currently, RadControls for Windows Phone retails for $99 US, but it's included at no extra charge in the Nokia Premium Developer Program.
Buddy provides developers with an easy-to-use cloud backend for Windows Phone apps, featuring APIs that deliver common app scenarios as a service. By writing apps against the Buddy web services (instead of building cloud components from scratch and maintaining a server infrastructure), developers can instantly add functionality such as global user accounts, photo albums, messaging, friends/groups functionality, push notifications, and more using Buddy's API library.
Buddy currently makes available 500,000 API calls a month for free, but with the Nokia Premium Developer Program, you will get an additional 500,000 free API calls a month.
MSDN reference documentation for Windows Phone.
Documentation for the Windows Phone SDK.
Nokia Lumia Developer's Library
Development with core Nokia Lumia product features explained.
Nokia Developer Wiki
Tap into the community of Lumia developers, get answers to questions, discover tips and tricks, and much more.