Nimbuzz, a cross-platform messaging app, has around 105 million users, mostly on Symbian. A version already exists in Marketplace, having arrived on the 13th July 2012, but Nokia is working on bringing an optimised version to the Nokia Collection, as part of a push to bring the best of Symbian applications to Windows Phone.
â€œNimbuzz has experienced incredible success on Nokia Symbian devices in the past, and Nokia saw a clear opportunity to assist us in bringing Nimbuzz to Lumia users around the world,â€ Joby Babu, Head of Operations at Nimbuzz told Mashable. â€œThrough bringing their most popular applications from Symbian to the Windows Mobile Platform, Nokia is looking to replicate on their past market successes.â€
Nimbuzz is one of the top 3 Symbian app worldwide, and Babu says Nokia identified the top 10 Symbian apps, and are working with developers to bring them to their Lumia handsets.
Microsoft and Nokia provide developers with development support, hardware, and design direction and will also actively promote the applications throughout their marketing channels.
The exclusive Nokia Lumia Nimbuzz app will have optimized graphics and performance specifically for Lumia handsets.
â€œNimbuzz has long been one of Nokiaâ€™s most requested apps,â€ Maximilian SchierstÃ¤dt, Director, Global Partner Management, Nokia said in statement . â€œNokia devices deliver outstanding experiences to consumers, and weâ€™re committed to developing partnerships, such as Nimbuzz, which deliver even better apps, services and features to our portfolio of devices.â€
The app should hit Marketplace sometime today.
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