Nokia Trains African App Developers on its New Asha OS

Pix 1As part of plans to introduce its new Asha operating system globally, Nokia organized a 2-day developer bootcamp with the aim of training application developers on the functionality and unique features of the new Asha operating system. The training also equipped them with the necessary tools to build applications for the Asha devices using the new operating system, like the recently launched Nokia Asha 501.


The training which took place from 27-28 June was attended by 34 developers from various African countries including Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal and Kenya. During the course of the training, developers were taken through the features of the OS and were introduced to new functionality through which they can create exciting mobile applications.


According to Nokia, the new Asha OS will be available on the Nokia Asha 501 which arrives in local markets shortly. Partner Manager, Developer Experience for Nokia West Africa, Olumide Balogun, stated that the new Asha platform represents a fresh opportunity for Java and web developers across the globe to expand their creative prowess and build more locally relevant apps to delight customers.

“Since its launch in 2012, the Nokia Asha brand has witnessed strong growth in Africa, with great consumer adoption also in Nigeria. As technology evolves, we strive to constantly update the Nokia Asha experience and provide value for our customers,” he added.

In addition to great line up of global applications currently available on the new Asha OS, developers who participated in the bootcamp were able to create 25 new local apps for the platform. These will shortly join other favourites such as CNN, WhatsApp, Facebook, Line, LinkedIn, Nimbuzz, Pictelligent, The Weather Channel, Twitter, WeChat, eBuddy, ESPN, Electronic Arts, Gameloft, Indiagames, Namco-Bandai and Reliance Games.

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