The Head, Solutions Sales, Nokia, Mr. Praveen Shetty, has said that the company was committed to supporting local developers in building innovative applications on its proprietary platform, the Ovi store. Shetty said this at the monthly Mobile meeting held in Lagos.
According to him, Nokia’s decision to support developers is based on the need to have a rich ecosystem of exciting locally-built applications to suit the needs of Nigerians. He noted that two months ago, Nokia organised a free three-day training for over 200 Nigerian developers. The Solutions Sales manager denied speculations that Nokia was on the verge of phasing out phones built on the Symbiam platform.
According to him, the firm has actually developed new Symbian updates, which have greatly improved the user-interface of most Nokia phones. He disclosed that the much awaited windows phone would hit some markets in the last quarter of this year.
Most of the participants at the Mobile Monday session expressed delight at Nokia’s willingness to avail developers of its platform to build applications for phone users. They believed that this would go a long way in reducing the level of unemployment in the country as young creative developers stood a chance of earning revenue from downloads on Ovi store.
Nokia’s new monetisation opportunities for developers are tailored for local markets and include integrated operator billing with 112 operators in 36 markets, more than 25 times more operator billing integrations than its nearest competitor.