Saturday, March 1, 2014

Xciting affordable smartphones announced at Mobile World Congress: the new Nokia X

Dear Nokia Developer:
This has been an exciting week at Mobile World Congress! We unveiled five new affordable handsets, including a family of smartphones debuting on the Nokia X software platform. Based on the Android™ Open Source Project (AOSP), and backed by Nokia’s deep ties with operators, the Nokia X platform gives Android™ developers the chance to tap into, and profit from, a rapidly expanding part of the market. The launch builds on Nokia’s leadership in delivering innovation to more price points with its family of Lumia smartphones, and the latest momentum for Windows Phone. We also released the Nokia Imaging SDK 1.1 and announced the Imagin8 Mission competition for Lumia.
We enjoyed meeting hundreds of developers at Nokia Developer Day and on the Nokia X Porting bus, we took hundreds of spaceselfies, and we had fun with the DVLUP Carnival. Here is a short video recap:

Nokia Developer Day Keynote
Stephen Elop kicked off Nokia’s activities at Mobile World Congress with a press conference on Monday. He also headlined the keynote at Nokia Developer Day.
Stephen recapped Nokia’s product announcements and outlined how the new Nokia X software platform opens up new opportunities for both existing and new developers. He also emphasized that Windows Phone is the fastest-growing ecosystem today, and explained how Nokia, with its Nokia X and Lumia families, is dramatically increasing the market opportunity for developers.
Watch his Nokia Developer Day keynote: 

Nokia X: same code base, new user base
Nokia X is a new software platform made to run your existing Android™ apps. It’s an easy, risk-free way to expand the reach of your applications to a new user base while still using your existing code base. Nokia X opens the opportunity for you to monetise your Android™ apps in fast-growth markets where Nokia is the preferred brand.

Most Android™ apps will run properly on the Nokia X software platform without any modifications; they’re ready to be published in Nokia Store. Test yours now.
If you want to learn more before jumping in, check out five simple reasons why you should publish your Android™ app to Nokia Store now.
Developer offers for Nokia X software platform
Bring your Android™ app to Nokia Store, and get a valuable welcome basket of tools and resources!
Developer offers for Nokia X are a free set of valuable mobile development tools for the Nokia X software platform. If you already have at least two applications published in other stores and are now thinking of publishing in the Nokia Store, these offers are for you. Partners include Infragistics, Bugsense, HockeyApp, and Xamarin.

Learn more and get started with Developer Offers for Nokia X now!

Imaging SDK 1.1 lets you reuse your code
The latest release of our Nokia Imaging SDK, version 1.1, lets you reuse code across both Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8.1, including the Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet. The 1.1 release includes three new effects — Interactive Foreground Segmenter, Lens Blur (known as Bokeh), and Single Image HDR — as well as fixes and memory optimisations.

Join our free webinar on the new Imaging SDK 1.1. There will be two sessions: 4 March and 6 March.
Imagin8 Mission: enter for zero gravity
Create a new or updated app using the Imaging SDK, enter it in our Imagin8 Mission competition, and you could win an expenses-paid trip for two to Cape Canaveral, Florida, where you will get to experience zero gravity. Other prizes include: Lumia devices; points and XPs in our DVLUP program; and promotions in Windows Phone Store, App Social, and other channels.

Learn more and enter.

Introducing the Nokia Asha 230
Check out the just-announced Nokia Asha 230. This device is geared toward parents buying a first touch device for their kids. An interesting feature is the ability to add parental controls to this 'My First Asha' phone. To learn more, join these upcoming Asha webinars.

Check out the Nokia Asha 230.
Get smart with Nokia Developer webinars
Our webinars are a free and easy way for you to expand your developer skillset — from the convenience of your home or office. All are presented by experts from both Nokia and some of our key partners.
Here are just a few of the Nokia Developer webinars we hope you'll join in March:
 Check out these and other Nokia Developer webinars.