Friday, December 9, 2011

Ovi Store is open for Series 40 web apps

Publish to Ovi is now accepting Series 40 web apps for distribution through Ovi Store by Nokia, marking the final phase of the Series 40 web apps launch. In April 2011, Forum Nokia offered developers Nokia Web Tools, a complete collection of tools to prototype, code, test, package, and deploy Series 40 web apps.

Nokia Web Tools has been downloaded thousands of times, already. Developers are finding it easy to create their first web app, as the tool includes “getting started” guides and videos in Web Developer Channel and web app templates in Web Developer Environment. In addition, Forum Nokia and the Forum Nokia wiki offers additional in-depth information on Series 40 web apps, such as a development FAQ, API reference and best practices guide, and code examples. Training is available in a series of recorded webinars: Introduction, UI, and UX and Mobile Web Library and JavaScript.

Millions of consumers have downloaded Ovi Browser and are ready to start using web apps. Nokia sells more than one million Series 40 devices every day, and starting in the second half of 2011, Ovi Browser will be the default browser on the most popular of those devices.

Discovery and Reach: Ovi Store experiencing tremendous growth

Ovi Store now serves up to five million downloads per day, with 158 developers from 41 countries passing the one million downloads milestone. Additionally, Ovi Store has grown nearly eight times in one year, with more than 40,000 apps now available. Nearly 1,000 new apps are added every week. Series 40 devices, which will enable apps for the next billion mobile phone users, have experienced more than 35 per cent growth in download volumes in the last two months, making up about a quarter of the total downloads.

Submitting your web apps to Ovi Store

To submit your web apps to Ovi Store you will need to sign up as an Ovi Store publisher. Then you package your web app into a *.wgt file and submit that file to Ovi Store. Details on the submission process and the information you need to provide with each submission are provided in Ovi Publisher Guide and information on appropriate content is provided in Ovi Store Content Guidelines. For general information on distributing your web app, including promotion guidelines, please visit the Distribute section of Forum Nokia.

If you wish to see the process by which users will discover your web app in Ovi Store and access it on their device (or want more information on creating the *.wgt file), please see the Series 40 web apps: Publishing guide.

We look forward to welcoming your web apps into Ovi Store and making them available to millions of Series 40 device owners worldwide.

Great UX for Series 40 devices

Using Mobile Web Library, the Ovi Browser client can execute JavaScript code in Series 40 web apps. This code makes it possible to create interactive user interfaces and use graphical transitions to deliver beautiful web experiences. Now web designers and developers can deliver compelling application experiences to users at low cost — both in terms of development effort and user data charges.

Easy to get started: New development option for Series 40

Built on Eclipse and the Aptana platform, Web Developer Environment delivers all the key features developers need to author web content for use on Series 40 devices. In addition, custom features to enable the creation, editing, debugging, packaging, and deployment of Series 40 web apps are included. Development is further streamlined by Web App Simulator, which enables Series 40 web apps to be previewed and tested on a computer. Even before development starts, Web App Designer can help designers to create the right UX by enabling interactive screen mock-ups that can be run on Series 40 devices, so feedback can be gathered on designs.

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