Nokia Recognizes First 2008 Forum Nokia Innovation Series Developers

2008-08-13 07:17:00

 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, August 13 /EMWNews/ -- Nokia (NYSE: NOK)

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:



    Application: Plusmo



    Developer: Plusmo, Inc.



    Santa Clara, CA



    Plusmo is a leading provider of standards-based mobile widgets that

deliver rich personalized experiences for consumers on a broad range of

mobile devices. Supported by the Web Run Time availability for S60 3rd

Edition devices, the light-weight Web applications are developed using the

same well-known Web technologies used to create Web pages - AJAX, CSS,

XHTML and JavaScript. Plusmo makes it easy for mobile users to develop

widgets for their mobile phones, enabling them to extend social networking,

track live sports, get news updates, watch videos, and play games through

their mobile phones and PDAs virtually anywhere, anytime. For more

information, visit: http://www.plusmo.com.



    Application: Whrrl



    Developer: Pelago, Inc.



    Seattle, WA



    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

http://www.whrrl.com.



    Application: Qik



    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: http://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: http://www.webmessenger.com.



    Application: Backup-Pal(R).



    Developer: Advanced Wireless Solutions



    Burbank, CA



    Advanced Wireless Solutions' Backup-Pal(R). 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: http://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: http://www.myhava.com and http://www.monsoonmultimedia.com.



    Application: JoikuSpot



    Developer: Joikusoft Oy Ltd.



    Espoo, Finland



    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: http://www.joikuspot.com.



    Application: UbiSafe



    Developer: UbiEst.



    Treviso, Italy



    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: http://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.



    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

http://www.forum.nokia.com.



    About Nokia



    Nokia is the world leader in mobility, driving the transformation and

growth of the converging Internet and communications industries. We make a

wide range of mobile devices with services and software that enable people

to experience music, navigation, video, television, imaging, games,

business mobility and more. Developing and growing our offering of consumer

Internet services, as well as our enterprise solutions and software, is a

key area of focus. We also provide equipment, solutions and services for

communications networks through Nokia Siemens Networks.



    http://www.nokia.com





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