Nokia has made some improvements in developer tools. The company has announced enhancements to Nokia Qt Software Development Kit (SDK); Ovi Store user experience; as well as lower barrier of entry and increased monetization opportunities for developers. “Our announcements will certainly bring more great apps to Nokia products, especially our new family of Symbian smartphones announced today,” said Purnima Kochikar, vice president, Forum Nokia. “We have made it much simpler, removed obstacles and made it more lucrative for people to build apps for our phones. We believe that this will convince more developers to build apps for the millions of people, in more than 190 countries, that are using the Ovi Store on their Nokia devices.” Using the Nokia Qt SDK to build their apps, developers will now discover a easy-to-use tool that brings a shortened workflow, simplified development and intuitive UI libraries, resulting in 70 percent fewer lines of code, cutting creation time dramatically. With the Nokia Qt SDK, developers can also adapt them to run on future mobile platforms such as MeeGo, while taking advantage of any additional features or APIs those platforms bring. “Today, developers can distribute apps to approximately 175 million Nokia Symbian smartphones – the largest smartphone user base in the world. Qt is pre-installed on all new Nokia smartphones and downloadable to millions of smartphones people are already using.” New opportunities for developers will include in-app purchase, enabling a wide range of app pricing options in Ovi Store such as subscription models, micro-transactions, or ‘try and buy’. This means if people enjoy the free version of the app, they can upgrade to the paid version. It also allows developers to build added value into their apps such as the sale of virtual goods, additional levels for games, or enhanced or localized in-app features. Mikael Hed, CEO, Rovio, the company behind popular mobile games, Angry Birds, is pleased to bring the game to Nokia devices. Speaking about the new in-app purchase feature in Ovi Store, he said, “We now have an elegant mechanism for providing premium content within games, like Angry Birds, in a way that doesn’t interrupt people playing the game.” “We will also focus on making developers more money by leveraging the largest operator billing footprint available and greatly improving the operator revenue share for payments made after October 1,” the company added. Nokia has made the Java and Symbian app signing process much easier with one-click. Nokia’s acquisition of Motally provides in-app analytics for developers and publishers to track, report and monetize their content; these capabilities will be extended to Qt, Symbian, MeeGo and Java platforms. In addition to the refinements with the Nokia Qt SDK for smartphones and mobile computers, Nokia also announced an SDK for Series 40 Touch and Type – the industry’s first touch SDK for mobile phones.