Nokia selects nine mobile application developers for Forum Nokia
Nokia today announced the selection of nine additional mobile application developers from Asia, Europe and the Americas to expand its 2008 Forum Nokia Innovation Series program. The program provides select small- and mid-sized developers with business and market support while showcasing their next generation mobile applications and services for consumer and business audiences worldwide.
The nine exceptional companies recognized today join an initial group of six North American and two European developers chosen in the third quarter of 2008 to participate in the Innovation Series Program. The latest program participants address a broad spectrum of applications, including mobile voice reminders, data protection and device security solutions, point-to-point travel navigation, Adobe® Flash® Lite(TM) mobile content for sales and marketing, and reward-based advertising over mobile devices.
Developers chosen to participate in the 2008 Forum Nokia Innovation Series program cleared multiple selection hurdles over the course of the past year as part of the Innovation Series selection process, which included internal Nokia reviews and the screening of application features and functionality by consumer focus groups around the world. Each participant in the 2008 Forum Nokia Innovation Series was required to demonstrate that their application or service provided specific benefits to Nokia mobile device users not otherwise available, and that a clear market demand existed for such a solution.
As part of the program, the 2008 Forum Nokia Innovation Series applications and services are showcased in video demonstrations created by Forum Nokia and hosted online at popular video sharing sites, easily accessed by searching “Forum Nokia Innovation Series.”
“Nokia is proud to recognize these outstanding developers from Asia, Europe and the Americas as participants in our 2008 Forum Nokia Innovation Series. Our program is dedicated to speeding the growth and development of innovative companies building next-generation applications and services for the global mobile marketplace,” said Tom Libretto, Vice President, Forum Nokia. “Developers of all sizes around the globe are now producing exceptionally creative and attractive mobile software and services. Forum Nokia is pleased to provide the technical and business support services to help bring these applications to the attention of consumers and business users worldwide.”
The developers recognized today for the 2008 Forum Nokia Innovation Series include:
Application: Voice Reminder
Developer: One View Systems Pvt. Ltd., Trivandrum, India
Voice Reminder is an application that allows users to easily keep track of important events through voice and text message notification at predefined times. The application helps the user to save time by recording a personalized voice message, rather than typing a text message, then storing the voice recording to the device. Voice Reminder also allows users to leave one recorded message for multiple entries corresponding to recurring events on a daily, weekly, monthly or yearly basis. For more information, visit: www.oneviewsystems.com.
Application: Maverick Secure Mobile
Developer: Maverick Mobile Solutions, Maharashtra, India
Maverick Secure Mobile is a mobile security application that helps users protect confidential data on the mobile device, track a device if lost or stolen, retrieve their phone book and disable the stolen device remotely. Alternatively, device owners can send an SMS alert to activate a siren alarm on the device. For more information, visit www.maverickmobile.in.
Application: Total NAVI(TM)
Developer: Navitime Japan Co, Ltd., Tokyo, Japan
Total NAVI(TM) is an award-winning point-to-point navigation application for mobile devices, enabling users to find the fastest and most practical travel route from point “A” to point “B” through a combination of transport options – including walking, driving, riding (trains, buses, ferries, etc) and flying. The patented technology powering Total NAVI(TM) calculates the time and cost of travel based on time-table data to provide users with realistic results and with real-time live traffic information, wherever available. For more information, visit: www.navitime.com.
Developer: tenCube, Singapore
Wave Secure is a security application for Nokia S60 devices that helps users protect their data, their privacy and the device should the handset become lost or stolen. WaveSecure provides easy backup of a user’s phone data over the Internet as a precautionary measure. WaveSecure is further equipped to let users remotely wipe out all sensitive data from the device to prevent unauthorized use or to lock the device remotely, activating a sound alert that the device is being misused — even if a new SIM card is inserted in the device. For more information, visit: www.wavesecure.com.
Application: Mobi Screen Maker
Developer: Moket Pty Ltd., Brisbane, Australia
Mobi Screen Maker creates engaging Adobe® Flash® Lite(TM) mobile content, enabling consumers to customize their own animated screen savers and wallpapers and have them delivered in real-time back to their mobile handsets. Mobi Screen Maker gives users access via their computer’s web browser to an extensive library of branded background and foreground images, helps them design customized combinations of the images to create their animated Adobe® Flash® Lite(TM) Mobi Screen and provides a link to the the image that can be sent via SMS to their mobile device for immediate download. For more information, visit: www.moket.com.
Application: Kuneri Lite
Developer: Kuneri, Oulu, Finland
KuneriLite is a Rapid Application Development toolkit to extend Flash Lite capabilities and create S60 applications without any Symbian knowledge. The application is developed by Kuneri Ltd, a privately held mobile innovation company founded in 2006 that creates cutting edge mobile applications and enabling technologies; highlighting user interface, interaction and innovation utilizing Adobe® Flash® Lite(TM) and Symbian S60 platforms. For more information, visit: www.kunerilite.net.
Developer: Liquid Air Lab, Stuttgart, Germany
Adtronic offers advertising in a new and innovative form – through display of ad banners on mobile phones for direct one-to-one viewing by users who opt-in to receiving the ads with incoming calls, text messages or missed calls. For every banner shown, users collect “ad points” that can be converted into incentives or cash in Liquid Air Lab’s bonus shop. Adtronic lets businesses place their ads in a completely new medium that enables one-to-one attention and lets advertisers reach new target groups. For more information, visit: www.liquidairlab.com.
Application: Mobiola Webcam and Video Studio
Developer: Shape Services, Stuttgart, Germany
Mobiola Web Camera is an application which provides additional functionality for mobile phones. It allows you to use your mobile phone as a Web camera for your PC desktop computer or notebook. Video can be streamed from the camera of the phone over WiFi, Bluetooth, or USB interfaces to your computer, and used in any application that uses Web cameras. Examples include Skype and MSN Messenger. Mobiola Video Studio is a conversion tool that can convert any video format to a format acceptable to your S60 device. It allows you to get the videos to any target device with a single drag-and-drop operation on the PC. When the application is started with a device connected to the PC, it automatically recognizes the S60 device, as well as its model number and video requirements. For more information, visit: www.shapeservices.com.
Developer: uLocate Communications, Boston, Massachusetts
WHERE location-aware consumer widgets leverage the same GPS-based technology underpinning MapQuest Find Me and other popular mobile applications. Developed by uLocate Communications, the platform uses simple, yet powerful WHERE mark-up language and scripting to allow developers to write in their preferred development language and assemble applications on mobile handsets. The application gives consumers a wealth of content to choose from, effectively personalizing their mobile GPS experience to find the people, places and things that matter to them. For more information, visit: www.where.com.
About the Forum Nokia Innovation Series
The Forum Nokia Innovation Series was launched by Nokia in late-2007 as an ongoing developer discovery, selection and go-to-market program, designed to support small- to mid-sized mobile developers as they strive to bring applications and services built to run on Nokia device platforms to the global mobile marketplace.
Among the benefits to developers, the program offers marketing and promotional assistance to create and increase general marketplace awareness of their application among consumers and within the mobile industry. It also provides assistance with placement of the application in Nokia and Nokia partner distribution channels and delivers informed feedback to the developer on industry and consumer considerations involving application features, functionality and distribution.
About Forum Nokia
Nokia’s global developer program, Forum Nokia connects developers to tools, technical information, support, and distribution channels they can use to build and market applications around the globe. From offices in the U.S., Europe, Japan, China, India and Singapore, Forum Nokia provides technical and business development support to developers and operators to assist them in achieving their goal of successfully launching applications and services to consumers and enterprises. More information is available at www.forum.nokia.com.