Here’s what developers will get
On the apps front, Nokia claims that the new platform can run about 75 per cent of the apps that run on Android. The company has come up with quite a few tools and the services SDK in order to attract developers to the Nokia X platform. According to Pranav Shroff, product marketing manager, Nokia, it takes about eight hours to port an app to the platform. The company has also introduced the App Compatibility Analyzer in order to aid developers. Shroff says, “This tool lets you put your app’s . apk file into the system, which then analyses whether your app is compatible with the platform. If not, it tells you whether modifications are required. The tool points down to the exact line of code(s) that needs to be modified in order to make the app run on the platform.” The tool is available on Nokia’s developers’ site ( http:// developer.nokia.com/nokia-x/platform-overview). According to the website, your app will need porting if it includes in-app payments, Google services for push notifications or maps.
Besides, in order to help developers promote their apps, Nokia is offering the DVLUP programme, which is a rewards program for developers. Using this, developers can create app promotion campaigns against the experience points they have earned while developing the apps. The campaigns available range from promotion in the Nokia store to social media, retail newsletters and in-app advertising. The promotions are available both globally and locally. In addition to the DVLUP programme, Nokia is also offering some free tools to developers, which will aid them in app development for the platform.
Pranav Shroff, product marketing manager, Nokia