Nokia just announced nearly a dozen App partnerships, at the CTIA, going on in the US. I could count 11 of them, and I’m going to list them all here. But the most exciting of all these partnerships are the ones with Rovio and EA. And probably Paypal as well.
Swiftly enough, here’s the grand list. Note that EA won’t just release one title, it will release more than one. The ones I mark with an ‘*’ are exclusive to Nokia’s Lumia handsets.
- Rovio – Angry Birds Space is coming! Not just for Lumias, but for the entire Windows Phone ecosystem
- EA – 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
- Time Magazine app for Windows Phone
- Box app (cloud storage app)
- Groupon* – 6 month exclusivity to the Lumias
- Tripdots* – (exclusivity period – 3 months) Tripdots helps vehicle owners optimize their driving behaviors while connecting with other vehicle owners and sharing driving efficiency achievements via social networks.
- The PGA Tour app* – exclusive to Nokia Lumia for 12 months
- ESPN* – exclusive to Nokia Lumia until May 2013
- AOL Entertainment Hub* – exclusive to Nokia Lumia for 6 months – Available exclusively to Nokia Lumia users at launch, AOL is set to introduce the AOL Entertainment Hub, bringing together the best of AOL’s content to deliver an immersive and inter-connected experience on Windows Phone.
Marco Argenti, SVP, Nokia Developer Experience, had this to say –
We are focused on delivering great, locally relevant apps, and importantly, those which offer unique, exclusive and original experiences. With Nokia Lumia smartphones now available in 48 markets, developers are rapidly recognizing the business opportunities and creating their best work for our consumers.
It’s pretty good to see stuff like this happen. Most definitely, these devs were encouraged by Microsoft and Nokia using money, but that’s not the point. Point is, these apps are coming to Windows Phone, and the users are going to be able to use them. When the companies are paying money to the devs for porting their apps, I, as an end user, am pretty happy. I’ll be able to use them, which is what matters at the end of the day.