Nokia debuted Launchpad, a new component of its Forum Nokia developer program designed for software developers seeking to create applications targeting the handset giant's mobile platforms. According to Nokia, Launchpad promises to enable a wider range of companies to build profitable, sustainable mobile development businesses via tools and benefits created to accelerate applications and services development. Launchpad includes:
- Early access to technical info, including APIs, SDKs and technology roadmaps;
- Free Carbide Developer Edition (Symbian OS) developer tool software, with a 50 percent discount on additional Carbide Developer Edition copies;
- Discounted Nokia mobile device purchase program;
- Discounted technical support case ticket;
- Discounted application signing (Symbian Signed);
- Discounted S60 book offers and certification exams;
- Publication of the company profile on the Launchpad website and application catalog.
The annual cost of the Launchpad program is €800, with applications for entry available online at www.forum.nokia.com/launchpad. "Nokia is very pleased to offer Launchpad to any software developer company seeking to build mobile applications and services for the growing global smartphone market," said Forum Nokia vice president Lee Epting in a prepared statement. "By addressing the particular needs of these developers through Launchpad, both in terms of technology access and support, we will be helping them accelerate their development cycle to bring new and exciting applications to Nokia mobile platforms."
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