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Nokia hires Polar Mobile to develop 300 apps for its platforms over the next year

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Nokia hires Polar Mobile to develop 300 apps for its platforms over the next year
Nokia has walked more than half of the long and hard road to adopting Windows Phone, but it’s not yet clear how will the Finnish company differentiate in an increasingly crowded space of WP makers. This deal with Canadian developers Polar Mobile might help achieve exactly that with new WP applications, but it will also bring Symbian and MeeGo apps in the near future. The apps will be content-based and extent the Nokia's global appeal as they will include popular global sources like the Wired UK, NY-based Advertizing Age, Canadian newspapers Globe and Mail and Indonesian newspaper Kompas.

The first 50 applications will be for Symbian and are expected to arrive on Nokia’s Ovi Store next month. But that's not the company's only software effort - back in June, Nokia announced its Calling All Innovators contest in order to attract developers and their ideas, and today the it has announced the winners, who fought for a total prize pool of $10 million. This along with the Polar Mobile deal will help the Finns widen their reach to customers.

Nokia didn’t share any details on when the main chunk of apps running under Windows Phone 7 is coming out, though. Previously, Stephen Elop, chief executive of the company, has stressed that Nokia is well on track on delivering its first WP7 devices by the end of the year.

Polar Mobile on its part has 1,200 mobile applications in its portfolio. The company is focusing on media apps covering 300 brands across 10 countries.

source: Polar Mobile, Nokia Conversations

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posted on 19 Aug 2011, 04:37 1

1. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)

This will not help Nokia, when Symbian and WP7 is not selling anyway.

posted on 19 Aug 2011, 05:13 2

2. kainy (Posts: 165; Member since: 10 Aug 2011)

Well apparently your avatar gives it away why you think that ...

posted on 19 Aug 2011, 05:25

4. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)

I'm a big fan of Symbian and MeeGo, not just bada (but i like bada the best).
In fact just 2 days ago i bought the Nokia X7 to check out the new Symbian Anna (and it is the best phone with Symbian yet). I still use bada, but i'm at the moment checking out the Nokia X7.

So i'm not biased at all, i know for a fact that Symbian sales have been very poor lately, because Mr. Elop killed Symbian. And as we all know WP7 has not been doing well either.
I hope that Mr. Elop gets kicked and Nokia start to come with more MeeGo phones, but of course i still like bada.

posted on 19 Aug 2011, 05:57

5. kainy (Posts: 165; Member since: 10 Aug 2011)

Well Symbian had it years ago ... but now everyone are saying that even with MeeGo, Nokia can't compete. I honestly don't know where do you look but the only bad thing about WP is the sales ... there are no bad reviews for the OS itself if we exclude the haters and trolls of course. Nokia was and it is the best hardware mobile company in the world and thats for a fact. Microsoft are the best software company ... so it's logical after all ... and we will see if Nokia will die with that bet, it's going to be hard but I think that they can pull it off.

P.S. I don't have anything against bada.

posted on 19 Aug 2011, 06:01

6. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)

I think that if Nokia had given it one more year with MeeGo, they would be back on the top.
As for WP7 and no bad rewiews, your right. But i have had a WP7 and i did not like it at all, and i think most consumers agree with me. There is lots of functions missing in WP7, it was quite buggy and most of all it was ugly and boring UI.
I think that's the reason WP7 does not sell very well

posted on 19 Aug 2011, 08:01

7. kainy (Posts: 165; Member since: 10 Aug 2011)

Maybe you are right about MeeGo... I too think that they didn't had to "kill" MeeGo, but maybe they should do both OSs.
As for that WP is buggy I don't see how I'm using Samsung Omnia 7 for almost an year and I didn't had any bugs (except for one that's freaking annoying but one bug i think is acceptable :). And a lot of people (including me) thinks that the UI is faster and more appealing next to Android or iOS but that's all depending on everyone's opinion.
As for the sales I think the main problem is that WP7 was promoted for about a month ... witch is silly, there ware no marketing from Microsoft witch is really dumb ... and I personally think that's the main reason for poor sales.

posted on 19 Aug 2011, 08:20

8. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)

I heard that MS spent 400 milliion $ on marketing, and personally i've seen WP7 ads everywhere in hte UK "Get the only phone with Office, Xbox Live and thousands of apps".
Of course everyone knows that WP7 is not the only OS wit thousands of apps, nor the only one with ability to office apps : P

And for bugs on the omnia 7 i had, i experienced more than just 1 bug...

Yes WP7 is smooth and fast, but that is about it according to me : P

posted on 19 Aug 2011, 19:39

12. saby0143 (unregistered)

wp7 is coming with mango update on nokia so if there was any bugs they will fix it coz it comes with 500 new featurs so will see and hope that nokia bounce back with a bang

posted on 19 Aug 2011, 05:25

3. IamME1220 (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 Aug 2011)

What about the MeeGo?!!

posted on 19 Aug 2011, 09:08

10. snowgator (Posts: 3604; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

It is good to see that they will support their old phones. Maybe Nokia isn't beyond having a back-up plan to W7 devices. But I am very excited to see what Nokia has in store for 2012 as far as W7 goes. I just think this two are a good fit and will put out some game changing phones. Do agree with almost everyone els on MeeGo, though. What would it have hurt to promote and support the N9 just to see how it was received?

posted on 19 Aug 2011, 11:56

11. saiki4116 (Posts: 404; Member since: 31 Mar 2011)

it's just the developer support that matters,see what happened to Web Os..........

posted on 19 Aug 2011, 23:22

13. daniel_bargs (Posts: 325; Member since: 27 Nov 2010)

BADA-booom!!! bada is craziness hahaha

posted on 20 Aug 2011, 06:26

14. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)

No it is not !

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