Nokia Application Developer Population Surges
May 10, 2005
Forum Nokia Registrants Reach 2 Million Mark
Espoo, Finland - Nokia, the global leader in mobility, today announced that its global developer community, Forum Nokia, has now passed the 2 million mark in registrations, reflecting the surge in interest in building applications for mobile devices. Nokia's global developer program also announced that its Forum Nokia PRO program has concluded its first year, with more than 400 member companies receiving advanced levels of technical and business development support.
"We've just completed the most exciting year ever in the history of Nokia's developer relations activities," said Lee Epting, vice president, Forum Nokia. "With 2 million registrants, the Forum Nokia community is the world's largest dedicated mobile application developer community and our Forum Nokia PRO program has surpassed our goals by enlisting 400 of the world's most advanced mobile development companies in its first year."
The growing market for advanced mobile applications and services is evidenced in adoption of the Symbian OS(TM), the world's leading platform for smartphones, including the Series 60 Platform, developed by Nokia and licensed to seven manufacturers. Approximately 50 Symbian OS device models have already been launched and more than 200 operators worldwide are selling Symbian OS based devices. Nokia estimates it will ship 25 million Symbian-based smartphones in 2005.
Additionally, Java(TM) has established itself as the leading language for mobile applications, supported by over 580 models of mobile handsets and with Java services being deployed by approximately 150 operators globally.
"Developers from all segments of the IT industry have responded to the growth in deployment of open standards-based technologies such as Symbian OS and Java in the mobile environment and today view the handset market as the next major frontier in the digital revolution," added Ms. Epting.
Registrants at the Forum Nokia community (www.forum.nokia.com) gain access to a wide range of free technical information as well as free resources including downloadable tools and SDKs. The site hosts approximately 14,000 unique visits each day. Forum Nokia registrants represent more than 230 countries, territories and colonies around the globe, with the EMEA (Europe/Middle East/Africa) region accounting for the largest number, followed by Asia and the Americas. The top 10 countries by number of registrants are: United Kingdom, United States, Germany, Italy, China, India, Australia, Finland, Spain, and the Netherlands.
Members of the Forum Nokia PRO program gain advanced technical support that ensures close integration of their software with Nokia's devices and also benefit from exclusive access to Nokia's extensive worldwide software distribution channels. Participation is limited to companies that meet stringent membership qualifications and pay a €4,000 annual fee. Among the PRO members, 66% are engaged in developing Music & Media applications, 64% in Personal Productivity, 55% in Enterprise and 54% in Games. Java and C++ are the technologies most widely used by PRO members, with 85% and 83% adoption, respectively.
The program draws roughly half of its members from the EMEA region with approximately one in four representing the Americas and about one in five from Asia.
Nokia's global developer program is based on a developer platform strategy which provides a large addressable market to application developers. By offering development platforms that remain consistent across multiple handsets, Nokia maximizes developers' volume opportunities and minimizes the need to port applications and services to individual handsets. Presently, Forum Nokia supports the Series 40 and Symbian-based Series 60 and Series 80 Platforms, which taken together represent a market of almost 200 million devices.
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, 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.
Nokia is a world leader in mobile communications, driving the growth and sustainability of the broader mobility industry. Nokia connects people to each other and the information that matters to them with easy-to-use and innovative products like mobile phones, devices and solutions for imaging, games, media and businesses. Nokia provides equipment, solutions and services for network operators and corporations. www.nokia.com.