Nokia Developers Day hit day 2 today. The event is focused on helping developers fine-tune their skills with J2ME, Qt and the S40 platform. The training programme is free of charge to participants, and it was over-subscribed so early that Nokia had to close registration early.
The Mobility Nigeria team was invited to a lunch over at the offices of Nokia on Victoria Island, Lagos. Dayo Olutunfese and I were able to honour the invitation and we had an extremely swell time chatting with a number of Nokia execs, as well as the invited trainer, Tony Torp, who is an independent trainer and lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences, Tampere, Finland.
Of course, we had lunch and then chatted with some of the developers who are making a success of their works through Nokia’s Ovi Store.
Akinwale Ariwodola has three apps already published. One of them, an IRC app, has been purchased and downloaded in over 60 countries around the world.
Olaseni odebiyi is the gentleman behind the WAEC past questions app. He is also working on a JAMB past questions app.
Both of them had interesting stories to tell. We will be bringing you more details of their works.
Nokia E6 Prototype
There was a Nokia E6 prototype in the house, and we were given hands-on time with it. Indeed, Symbian Anna is something to look forward to. it is smooth, sleek, and fast. Usability is much better than obtains on the current Symbian3 OS.
The E6 (announced just 3 days ago) itself is a cute and highly functional candybar QWERTY with a touchscreen. Even for a prototype copy, Dayo and I were highly impressed. Of course, we were not allowed to take pictures of the device, so sorry.
But… the good people at Nokia have promised to get a review unit across to us as soon as possible.
Nokia says that they are operating a continous developer support programme and that subsequent events are in the pipeline. In addition, developer registration on the Ovi Store is now free, to encourage more developers push out their products.
We will be bringing you further details of the event – including a photo gallery, so stick around.
PS – I forgot to mention that Dayo and I finally got to meet Spacyzuma, a regular here at Mobility Nigeria. The previous day, Dayo had also met Etimbuk Bassey, one of our contributing writers.