Nokia revamps app platfom to attract app developers

Nokia has unveiled a number of major improvements in developer tools making it simpler, easier and more lucrative for people to build apps that can reach the world’s largest audience of mobile users.

Highlights include:

– Significant enhancements to the Nokia Qt Software Development Kit (SDK) resulting in a 70 percent reduction in the number of lines of code required when developing for the company’s family of Symbian smartphones;

– Improvements in the Ovi Store user experience including a new look and feel, making it faster and making apps easier to find;

– Lower barrier of entry and increased monetization opportunities for developers, including free Java and Symbian signing, in-app purchase, improved revenue share, and advanced developer analytics.

“Our announcements will certainly bring more great apps to Nokia products, especially our new family of Symbian smartphones announced today,” said Purnima Kochikar, Vice President for Forum Nokia. “We have made it much simpler, removed obstacles and made it more lucrative for people to build apps for our phones. We believe that this will convince more developers to build apps for the millions of people, in more than 190 countries, that are using the Ovi Store on their Nokia devices.”

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