Monday, February 24, 2014

Nokia X: A new market for your Android apps

Dear Nokia Developer,

We have exciting news for Nokia Developers like you who also know about Android development. Today at Mobile World Congress, Nokia unveiled a new family of affordable smartphones debuting on the Nokia X platform. Based on the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), and backed by Nokia’s deep ties with operators, Nokia X platform gives Android developers the chance to tap into, and profit from, a rapidly expanding part of the market.

Nokia X platform is simple and straightforward and the vast majority of Android apps can be published to Nokia Store as is. For those few that require modifications, the Nokia X analyser tool significantly reduces porting time by identifying the required changes.

See if your Android app already works on Nokia X.
Want to learn more about Nokia X and the reasons why you should port your apps to Nokia Store? Here are the Top 5:

1. Nokia X opens new markets to your existing apps.
Nokia’s sales leadership and brand strength in the fastest-growing smartphone and mobile app markets provide the launch pad for your apps’ success. With Nokia X, you can reach an untapped pool of savvy — and app-hungry — new smartphone users around the world.
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2. Nokia X’s monetization tools create additional revenue streams for your apps
Monetization tools like Nokia In-App Payment, combined with Nokia’s extensive operator billing network, provide your existing apps with new monetization mechanisms in growth markets. Consumers in many high-growth markets do not have international credit cards, making traditional revenue collection a challenge.
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3. Android app compatibility
Nokia has tested over 100,000 Android apps and approximately 75% are directly compatible and ready to be published to Nokia Store. If your app uses Google services for maps, push notifications or in-app payments, you will need to replace these APIs with Nokia-specific APIs, which have been built to work almost identically to those they replace. Nokia services have been designed to minimize porting effort for apps using corresponding Google services, and to allow developers to develop and distribute a single APK targeting both ecosystems.

Test your app's compatibility now ›
Read more about Nokia APIs ›

4. Develop apps for Nokia X using your existing Android SDK, toolkit and skillset
If you already develop Android apps, you can continue to use your existing tool chain. If your app is one of the approximately 25% that requires change, Nokia provides a plugin package for the Android SDK, including the services APIs and the Nokia X emulator. You’ve already got the other tools and skills you need.

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Download the Nokia X SDK plugin ›

5. Nokia Developer programs provide the marketing promotion you need
Through programs like DVLUP and local outreach, Nokia offers you opportunities to promote your apps to new users and potential customers, while our online training, events, and support tools make sure you’re putting your best app forward.
Here are four DVLUP challenges to get you started:
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We look forward to seeing your great apps running on Nokia X phones.

Best regards,
--Nokia Developer