While the market has not greeted Nokiaâ€™s adoption of Windows phone 7 with open arms, developers have no such reservation.
â€œSo Nokiaâ€™s decision to adopt Windows Phone 7 is a great thing for the industry of app developers because instead of having to build five times you only have to build four timesâ€ said Andrew Osis, CEO of Poynt Corp, whoâ€™s voice-driven search app is already in Marketplace.
â€œNokiaâ€™s [Symbian] platform was and is probably the most difficult to develop against for a number of legacy reasons,â€Â continued Osis.
â€œAs an app developer the excitement lies in less platforms to have to worry about,â€ said Brad Murray, Poyntâ€™s vice president of technology.
Nokiaâ€™s global reach also impressed developers.
â€œ[Nokia’s] share in North America is small but they are a global leader and now developers have a better channel to tap into the opportunity,â€ said Kunal Gupta, chief executive of Toronto-based mobile software developer Polar Mobile.
â€œThis move will accelerate the global opportunity for Canadian mobile software developers, as you will see Windows Phone 7-powered Nokia smartphones get strong distribution in countries in Europe and Asia where the likes of Apple and RIM do not compete as strongly against Nokia.â€
Dale Fallon, director of mobile for ScoreMedia Inc.,said he was â€œelatedâ€ by the news.
â€œ[Previously] we had been looking at Windows Phone 7 as primarily a North American play, which is nice for us, but we were debating on whether to move forward with a non-North American product (an app appealing specifically to soccer fans) wondering if it will be significant [globally],â€ Mr. Fallon said. â€œSo now the answer is clearly yes.â€
â€œAnything that is international will want to deal on Windows Phone 7 in anticipation of those devices getting to market in the next year,â€ he said.
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