Nokia Recognizes First 2008 Forum Nokia Innovation Series Developers
Program Selects and Provides Go-to-Market Support for Small- to Mid-sized Developers Seeking Access for Applications and Services to World’s Largest Mobile Device Market
Espoo, Finland - Nokia today extended recognition to the initial group of exceptional mobile application developers in its 2008 Forum Nokia Innovation Series program, designed to provide select small- and mid-sized developers with key business and market support and facilitate access for cutting-edge applications and services to the largest mobile device market in the world today.
The first eight developers recognized in the 2008 Forum Nokia Innovation Series cleared multiple selection hurdles over the course of the past year as part of the 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.
The first group of developers in the Innovation Series was recognized for solutions ranging from a mobile web widget development platform to applications for location-based social networking, mobile video streaming, mobile TV-shifting and device data backup, as well as secure enterprise-grade mobile instant messaging. As part of the program, the 2008 Forum Nokia Innovation Series applications and solutions are showcased in video demonstrations created by Forum Nokia and hosted online at Share on Ovi: http://share.ovi.com/channel/Forum_Nokia.Innovation.
“Nokia is pleased to recognize such an outstanding group of developers and the compelling applications and services that led to their selection as the first participants of our Forum Nokia Innovation Series,” said Tom Libretto, Vice President, Forum Nokia. “These applications are great examples of the many innovations being created by developers of all sizes around the world. Forum Nokia is proud to provide the technical and business support services that help fuel these creations and we’re excited to be able to help put these applications in front of consumers and business users through the Forum Nokia Innovation Series.”
The developers recognized today for the 2008 Forum Nokia Innovation Series include:
Developer: Plusmo, Inc.
Santa Clara, CA
Developer: Pelago, Inc.
Whrrl is a location-based social discovery tool that gives users access to more than 6.5 million points of interest in the U.S. using Nokia’s Assisted-Global Positioning System (A GPS) service. Melding the capabilities of in-depth location data and social networking, Whrrl enables mobile users to organize everything they and their friends know about people, places, and events and have that information at their fingertips on their mobile device. A Java application that easily runs on the S60 platform, Whrrl helps mobile users answer questions like, “Where should we go for dinner tonight?” or, “What fun stuff can I do around here?”, whether in their home town or traveling. For more information, visit www.whrrl.com.
Developer: Qik, Inc.
Foster City, CA
Qik is a multimedia communications service that enables users to stream video, audio and IM live over the Internet, from S60 3rd Edition devices to any PC, laptop or mobile device that has Internet connectivity. Qik enables users to share moments of their life directly from their cell phones with their friends, family and the world - by pointing their phones and streaming video live to friends on Twitter, Facebook, Blogs and other sites. Qik users can also use their cell phone like a camcorder and stream hours of video over their phone’s cellular network, without worrying about storage on the cell phone. For more information, visit: www.qik.com.
Application: WebMessenger Mobile
Developer: WebMessenger, Inc.
Los Angeles, CA
WebMessenger provides a native Symbian client application for Microsoft Office Communications Server (OCS) that extends OCS functionality to Nokia S60 devices. WebMessenger Mobile for Microsoft OCS on Nokia S60 enables mobile professionals to achieve the same collaboration and productivity opportunities in the field that they experience in the office. Microsoft OCS manages all real-time (synchronous) communications including instant messaging, , audio and video conferencing. Microsoft OCS also powers presence, a key benefit of Microsoft unified communications that unites all the contact information stored in Active Directory with the ways people communicate. For more information, visit: www.webmessenger.com.
Developer: Advanced Wireless Solutions
Advanced Wireless Solutions’ Backup-Pal®. provides a solution to the problem of data loss resulting from lost, stolen, and damaged cell phones, as well as data transfer problems associated with cell phone upgrades and switching carriers. An external storage device that fits in the palm of the hand and backs up and restores personal information directly, Backup-Pal supports all S60 and Series 40 devices with mini, micro, or Pop-port interfaces. It also supports migration from other platforms, such as Motorola, Samsung, and others. Contacts and other personal information are safely transferred thus keeping personal information private and secure. For more information, visit: www.backup-pal.com.
Application: Hava Mobile Player
Developer: Monsoon Multimedia
San Mateo, CA
Hava Mobile Player is a TV “place shifting” application that leverages Monsoon Multimedia’s Hava device to lets mobile users watch live home TV or their own recorded content on their mobile device, wherever they may be. Monsoon Multimedia provides advanced, standards-based multimedia products and technologies for the PC and Consumer Electronics industries and licenses its highly optimized multimedia solutions comprising applications, drivers, frameworks, middleware and reference designs. For more information, visit: www.myhava.com and www.monsoonmultimedia.com.
Developer: Joikusoft Oy Ltd.
JoikuSpot is a free mobile application that can be installed directly onto a 3G connection-enabled S60 3rd Edition device to turn a user’s 3G mobile connection into their own secure WLAN hotspot, virtually wherever they are - whether stationery or in a moving train or car. JoikuSpot also enables the S60 device to act much like a wireless router, letting multiple WLAN-enabled devices that are authorized by the S60 device user to share in the Internet connection that it provides. JoikuSpot was developed by Joikusoft Oy Ltd. is a privately held company headquartered in Garden City, Espoo, Finland, founded specifically to bring its innovative WLAN solution to market. For more information, visit: www.joikuspot.com.
UbiSafe is a location-based services (LBS) application built on Java technology that enables mobile device users to easily address their own personal security and emergency needs, as well as those of family, friends and individuals with special needs, such as children, the elderly and invalids. UbiSafe relies on a master Web interface in tandem with a Java-based client residing on S60 devices to let users monitor the real-time location of contacts on maps. UbiSafe lets parents or a caregiver, for example, set a geographic security radius or “safe” area within which a child or individual with special needs should remain, and alerts the user via SMS if the child or individual moves beyond the designated area. UbiSafe was developed by UbiEst S.p.A., a leading location-based services company founded in 2001 in Treviso, Italy. For more information, visit: www.ubisafe.com.
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.
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