APPS APPS APPS! ECOSYSTEM! Nokia has just announced some major partnerships with some of the largest Mobile Application developers that will bring loads of Apps to the Windows Phone Platform, and some exclusively to Lumia devices.
- The PGA Tour app – exclusive to Nokia Lumia for 12 months from launch
- ESPN – exclusive to Nokia Lumia until May 2013
- Rovio – titles starting with Angry Birds Space join the original Angry Birds game in coming to Nokia Lumia and Windows Phone consumers- it would seem that Nokia and Rovio put any conflicts about ditching Symbian after getting the Angry Birds guys to commit behind them, and are now moving forward making this world a better place- one green Pig at a time.
“Nokia is one of our longest-standing partners, and Windows Phone and Lumia are of strategic importance to Rovio. We are very committed to bring our games to Lumia devices, and are looking forward to delighting our fans on the Windows Phone platform,” said Mikael Hed, CEO of Rovio
- EA – bringing leading game titles to Nokia Lumia and Windows Phone consumers- Electronic Arts (EA) will continue to deliver leading game titles to Nokia Lumia and Windows Phone consumers, including FIFA, Madden NFL, NBA Jam, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR®, Mirror’s Edge and Yahtzee. These games join titles such as Need for Speed(TM) Undercover, Need for Speed(TM) Hot Pursuit, The Sims(TM) 3, Spider Jack, and MONOPOLY which are already available in Windows Phone Marketplace.
- Groupon – Exclusive to Nokia Lumia for 6 months from launch
- Tripdots – Exclusive to Windows Phone customers for 3 months from launch
Tripdots helps vehicle owners optimize their driving behaviors while connecting with other vehicle owners and sharing driving efficiency achievements via social networks. The app lets users monitor the operation of their vehicles to enable cost savings through better understanding fuel economy. Everyone can participate in the MPG Leader Board game, and information is only sent to drivers after their trip is complete.
- PayPal app for Windows Phone
- AOL Entertainment Hub – exclusive to Nokia Lumia for 6 months
- Time Magazine app for Windows Phone
- Newsweek – The Daily Beast app for Windows Phone
- Box app for Windows Phone The new Windows Phone app from Box, the company focused on providing workers with simple, secure sharing from anywhere, will be available to Nokia Lumia consumers this Summer. With support for nine languages, Box for Windows Phone will enable users across the globe to browse, search and share files from their account.
I just think it’s worth pointing out that Some apps are starting to LAUNCH off of WP rather than being ported to it, which is definitely a good sign of a strong ecosystem (now well over 80K apps).