Nokia Asha Platform Unlocks Sub-100 USD Smartphone Opportunity for Developers

Nokia Asha Platform Unlocks Sub-100 USD Smartphone Opportunity for Developers 
ESPOO, FINLAND -- (Marketwired) -- 05/09/13 --  New Asha platform
delivers developers a consistent quality application experience in
the world's fastest growing smartphone category 
Nokia today announced a global initiative to unlock the sub-100 USD
smartphone market for developers with the release of
its Nokia Asha
platform. Nokia also announced the Nokia Asha 501, the first
smartphone built for the new platform. 
Developers who write applications for the Nokia Asha 501 will reach
all smartphones based on the new Asha platform without having to
re-write code. Nokia expects to sell 100 million of the new
generation Asha smartphones over
the coming years, beginning with the
Nokia Asha 501. 
"We've seen a tremendous increase in consumer demand for apps for our
Asha smartphones, as witnessed by the growth of downloads in Nokia
Store," said Marco
Argenti, head of Developer Experiences at Nokia.
"Consumers expect quality apps
at every price point. With the new
Asha platform, developers will be incentivized to deliver those
quality apps, previously found only on high-end smartphones, thanks
to unprecedented volumes and reach opportunities through one
distribution channel and a single platform." 
Many of the most popular applications are already available or in
for the Nokia Asha platform, including CNN, eBuddy, ESPN,
Facebook, Foursquare,
Line, LinkedIn, Nimbuzz, Pictelligent, The
Weather Channel, Twitter, WeChat,
World of Red Bull and games from
Electronic Arts, Gameloft, Indiagames, Namco-Bandai and Reliance
Games. WhatsApp and other key partners continue to explore new Asha. 
Developers will also get easy-to-use development tools and more ways
to sell and promote apps, including the new Nokia In-App Payment tool. 
New Nokia Asha SDK 1.0 and Nokia Asha web app tools 
The new Nokia Asha Software Development Kit 1.0 is a suite of tools
that support
the development, testing, packaging and deployment of
Java apps on the Nokia
Asha platform. 
The new Nokia Asha web app tools include a Web Development
Environment (WDE), an integrated development environment (IDE) that
developers can use to create and
edit their Nokia Asha web apps; Web
Inspector to help developers to debug a
inspect elements in their
web apps; and a new Web Designer Tool for creating
great user
experience for their web apps. 
Nokia In-App Payment 
Nokia also announced the new Nokia In-App Payment tool, designed to
make it easier for developers to sell content from within their apps.
It provides a simple and secure purchase experience for consumers and
transparent payments for developers. Nokia In-App Payment will also be
available for existing Asha and
Series 40 phones, such as the Nokia
301. Nokia will release a public beta of
Nokia In-App Payment in the
coming weeks. Developers can sign-up for the beta at 
Developers voice support for new Nokia Asha platform 
Dennis Crowley, CEO and co-founder of Foursquare: "Nokia continues to
be a valued partner for Foursquare. The new Foursquare app on Asha
delivers a fantastic search and discovery experience to help people
make the most of where
they are. As we head into the next wave of new
Asha smartphones, we look forward
to making Foursquare available for
millions of Asha customers around the world." 
Michael Fisher, Director of Mobile Business Development, Twitter:
integration into the new Asha platform, along with
preloaded Twitter application
that ships on Nokia devices, offers
people a richer Twitter experience. Whether
you want to share a photo
or news article, connect with people or find out what's happening
around the world, it's now easier than ever to use Twitter on
family of devices." 
Sebastien Thevenet, General Manager SEA-Pacific, Gameloft: "As
Nokia's long term
partner, with to date 200 million downloads
recorded on Nokia Store, Gameloft is thrilled to offer four preloaded
high quality games on the Nokia Asha 501 at
launch (Assassin's Creed
3, Bubble Bash 3, Real Football 2013, Little Big City)
and overall
more than 30 games to download on Nokia Store down the track.
innovative titles are Try and Buy and Free to Play games making
the most of Asha
Full Touch capabilities and unique user interface,
truly bringing a smartphone
gaming experience at your fingertips." 
Akira Morikawa, CEO of Line Corporation: "Line's partnership with
Nokia is very
important and it will continue on new Asha. Delivering
Line on new Asha represents our commitment of ensuring that people
around the world will experience the joy of communication through
Line on Asha smartphones." 
Manish Agarwal, CEO, Reliance Games: "Reliance Games and Nokia have
demonstrated the combined power of localized content and a
distribution platform
in India. Our partnership with Nokia is a very
cherished partnership for us to
demonstrate the power of GoLocal.
Reliance Games is committed to develop games
on localized themes on
the new Asha platform and entertain millions of people
around the
world by working closely with local Nokia teams in India, Asia
Pacific, Latin America and other growth markets." 
Keshav Bajaj, VP Business Development, Nimbuzz: "Most of the 150
million and
counting Nimbuzz users are from markets where Nokia Asha
continues to gain momentum, including India, South East Asia, Middle
East and Africa. We are very
excited to have an application
exclusively built for the new Asha platform to
ensure the best user
experience. This is yet another initiative from Nimbuzz for one of
its most exclusive partners, Nokia." 
Alex Adjadj, Director of Strategic Development, Mobile Sales &
Marketing, Namco-Bandai: "NAMCO BANDAI has been developing mobile
games for over 10 years but there are still regions of the world
where users haven't seen or played PAC-MAN.
Our 22 titles available
in 13 languages for the Nokia Asha 501 is a testament to our
commitment to Nokia to bring a great experience to mobile users of
all demographics and budgets." 
Ramesh Kumar, Head of ESPNcricinfo and ESPN Digital Media India:
"Given the popularity of Asha devices, the ESPNcricinfo app on the
Asha 2013 platform is a dynamic way to reach growing numbers of
mobile users in emerging markets. It is a rich platform where the
ESPNcricinfo app can provide comprehensive cricket
coverage tailored
to suit on-the-go consumption of today's passionate fans, including
its famed match coverage, the latest news stories, insightful
editorial pieces covering International & domestic cricket - all
tailor-made for mobile consumption." 
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