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Nokia brings Asha Touch to JavaOne


Nokia had a broad presence at this year’s JavaOne conference in San Francisco. It was an ideal place to spread the message about the opportunities offered to developers globally by Series 40 phones and in particular Nokia’s Asha Touch line – some of the world’s most affordable touch-enabled phones. In addition to getting the word out, we were very pleased that one of our developers received a Duke’s Choice Award.

Anna Zhuang and Reha Chakroborty from Nokia were joined by Marlon Luz from the Nokia Institute of Technology, and Paul Houghton and Michael Samarin from partner company Futurice.

For those new to Series 40 or mobile development in general, we offered an introduction to the Series 40 platform and its ecosystem, opportunities with Asha, and the tools we offer developers. These presentations were complemented with a couple of technical deep dive sessions on coding for Series 40, including one on the in-app purchase APIs.

In Extreme Mobile Java Performance Tuning, User Experience, and Architecture Patterns, Paul provided developers with insight into the hard-core hows and whys of interface and technical design. Making extensive use of performance benchmarks, parallel execution, and associated solution patterns from high-end consulting on several mobile Java platforms, he illustrated the right and wrong ways to make mobile services fast and reliable. For something slightly different, in Mobile Java App Innovation in Nigeria Paul highlighted 10 great mobile Java applications developed there for the local market. His insight into how development differs in emerging markets was deep and sometimes humorous.

Ram Kashyap has been one of our great supporting developers, and is the powerhouse behind the creation and success of the Student Nokia Developers network. Formed in India, the network now has 2000 members in seven countries. Suresh Chande from Nokia University Relations has been working closely with Ram to set up and grow the network. We were all very pleased then, to find that Ram was the recipient of a Duke’s Choice Award for his efforts. Suresh accepted the award on his behalf. Ram has now graduated from the People’s Education Society Institute of Technology in Bangalore, India, and is working on a Java mobile start-up and training students on Java ME, while continuing to help the Student Nokia Developer community grow across borders.

If you would like more background on this project, listen to the Duke’s Choice Award Winners podcast (starting at 2:40 minutes) or check out the video interview with Suresh. If you are interested in joining this group, you can find more information on their website:

Our presence at JavaOne reinforces Nokia’s continued commitment to Java, through affordable phones and the developer opportunities they create. We were able to meet with many developers and relay the great developer story behind Series 40. And we look forward to seeing you all at the next JavaOne.

Slides from and recordings of the sessions are available. Follow the links below, and then click the Media link in the right column of the pages to watch the video online. Alternatively, download the video and presentations from the Presentation download list.

- Reach the Next Billion with Engaging Apps: Nokia Asha Full Touch for Java ME Developers with Reha Chakroborty, Nokia:
- Look Again: Java ME’s New Horizons of User Experience, Service Model, and Internet Innovation with Reha Chakroborty, Nokia:
- The Right Platform with the Right Technology for Huge Markets with Many Opportunities with Anna Zhuang, Nokia and Renu Motwani, Oracle:
- In-App Purchasing for Java ME Apps with Marlon Luz, Nokia Institute of Technology:
- Extreme Mobile Java Performance Tuning, User Experience, and Architecture Patterns with Paul Houghton, Futurice:
- Java for Mobile Devices: New Horizons with Fantastic New Devices with Michael Samarin, Futurice:
- Mobile Java App Innovation in Nigeria with Paul Houghton, Futurice:


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