As part of its “Connecting the next billion” initiative, Nokia is running a competition where developers can enter their Web apps (as many as they like) – yes that’s web-based mobile apps – for a chance to win mobile handsets and get your app published and promoted in the Nokia Store.
The only catch – and we’re not sure how much of a catch this is, as Nokia hasn’t responded to requests for more info – is that Web apps should be developed using Nokia’s Series 40 Web apps SDK (software development kit).
The competition runs from until June 30, 2012. You need to register for a one of fee of 1 Euro.
This is interesting because this is a major handset manufacturer (until recently Nokia was both the largest feature phone and smartphone vendor) promoting Web apps – which should work on multiple types of handsets (with some tinkering), rather than proprietary apps which will only work on one type of handset. It is also notable because this isn’t just apps for a few high-end phones – this is the mass market.
According to Nokia:
“Series 40 is the world's most widely used mobile platform: With over 1.5 billion Series 40 phones shipped, it's estimated that 675 millions of these phones are in use every day. Series 40 phones range from entry-level products that provide many mobile consumers with their first experience of the internet to products that offer high performance, rich features, and engaging user experiences — such as the Series 40 touch phones.”
There’s more information on the competition here, mobiThinking will tell you more if and when Nokia replies:
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