Nokia rewards Nigeria’s app developers

By Lukas Ajanaku, Lagos, Nigeria

Determined to encourage and support application developers to build locally relevant applications for its platform, Finnish mobile manufacturer Nokia has rewarded top mobile app developers with prizes of smartphones.

Speaking at the brief ceremony held in Lagos, Teemu Kiijarvi, head of Nokia’s Ecosystem Developer Experience (EDX), said the move was one of the ways Nokia was demonstrating its commitment to supporting local developers in building innovative applications on its proprietary platform – the Nokia store.

He said Nokia’s decision to support developers was 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 had organised a free, three-day training course for over 200 Nigerian developers.

Kiijarvi also denied speculation that Nokia was on the verge of phasing out phones built on the Symbian platform. According to him, Nokia has actually developed new Symbian updates, which have greatly improved the user  interface of most Nokia phones.

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 Nokia’s nearest competitor.

Nokia Store has seen integrated operator billing increase consumer transactions by up to four times and this, coupled with Nokia’s beta programs for in-app billing and in-app advertising, means more revenue opportunities for developers on Symbian.

Developers who won the contest include Ajibola Aiyedogbon, Seyi Eluwole, Oyewole Oyediran, Adesoye Gbolahan and Oluwarotimi Akintewe.

Ajibola Aiyedogbon, reports that his application, My Cash, allows for expense tracking, is already being downloaded from the Nokia Store. He commended Nokia for providing him with its platform to reach people with his application. He said he was hopeful that the downloads would ultimately be financially rewarding. He also called on other developers to embrace the Nokia platform.

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