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Nokia has given away 17,000 Windows Phone handsets to devs

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Nokia has given away 17,000 Windows Phone handsets to devs
Nokia wants to establish Windows Phone as a legitimate third in the mobile OS race, and to help that the company is giving away its Lumia WP phones. Up until now, Nokia has given away 17,000 Windows Phone handsets to developers, and it’s likely to continue the giveaways as back in October at Nokia World the company promised to gift 25,000 devices in total to devs.

The friendly move by Nokia should help the company and Microsoft get a larger developer following and more apps in the Windows Phone Marketplace. So far, there are over 80,000 applications available for download. Not bad, but still a far cry from the thousands of applications on the App Store and Google Play.

The 17,000 phone figure was revealed by none other than Marco Argenti, head of Nokia developer experience and marketplace. Additionally, Nokia is planning to host 600 developer events across the globe from the start of 2012 to July. 100 of those will take place in the United States.

Argenti also mentioned that the Lumia 900 has had a warm welcome in the States without giving any specific figures. He also dodged questions about whether Nokia pays to devs to make apps for Windows Phone. Hit the source link below for the full interview.


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posted on 02 May 2012, 05:14 2

1. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 968; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


interesting

posted on 02 May 2012, 07:07 5

2. steelicon (Posts: 309; Member since: 02 Apr 2011)


Microsoft gains from soon to be Nokia's dead corpse.

posted on 02 May 2012, 07:42 1

3. Snoobab (Posts: 174; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


Windows Phone is an absolute dream to develop for, so expect big things!

posted on 02 May 2012, 09:06 1

4. djripster (Posts: 123; Member since: 10 Dec 2011)


This wont matter if Windows Phone 8 doesn't come to those 17,000 + devices

posted on 02 May 2012, 09:44 3

6. phonton (Posts: 59; Member since: 27 Dec 2011)


but the current apps would still be compatible with WP8 as far as the latest speculation or may be truth goes

posted on 02 May 2012, 14:16 1

7. djripster (Posts: 123; Member since: 10 Dec 2011)


That's ok for the guys who have developed apps for WP7 but would all of them go out and buy another WP8 device ?

What would they do with a device which goes extinct when WP8 comes out...

posted on 02 May 2012, 09:40 1

5. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 851; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)


Some of those phones better be going to the big guns out there like Zynga who aren't doing anything for WP, but could really help drive sales if they did. Give some to the people who created Draw Something too.

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