At the CTIA Wireless 2012 conference in New Orleans, US, Nokia announced a new series of applications available for its Windows Phone-powered handsets in the Lumia series.
These apps, meant to provide users with appealing, locally relevant software on their devices, arrive on smartphones as the result of the various exclusive partnerships that the company has signed with industry leaders.
“With Nokia Lumia smartphones
now available in 48 markets, developers are rapidly recognizing the business opportunities and creating their best work for our consumers,” Marco Argenti, SVP, Nokia Developer Experience, stated.
The newly announced apps for Lumia devices range from games and sport software to lifestyle and finance applications, entertainment, news, productivity and more.
The list of software includes the PGA Tour app, which will be exclusively available on Nokia Lumia devices for 12 months from launch.
Additionally, Nokia’s Windows Phone devices will receive the ESPN Hub exclusively until May 2013. A Windows Phone version of the ESPN Fantasy Football app will arrive on these handsets in fall. Nokia’s Lumia
users will also receive access to apps such as Angry Birds Space from Rovio, as well as FIFA, Madden NFL, NBA Jam, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR, Mirror's Edge and Yahtzee from EA.
A Groupon Windows Phone application will be exclusively available on Lumia devices for 6 months, while Tripdots will feature a 3-month exclusivity period on these devices.
Nokia and PayPal are working together on the release of an application for Windows Phone, to enable secure payment capabilities on Lumia devices.
Additionally, an AOL Entertainment Hub will feature six-month exclusivity on these handsets, with access to radio stations via SHOUTcast, streaming of music albums with AOL's Listening Party, and more.
"The live tiles on Nokia Lumia helped us create an awesome app that makes it easy to stay in the know on what's happening in Film, TV, Radio, Concerts and Music right from your home screen," said Sol Lipman, Director of Mobile First products at AOL.
A Time Magazine app for Windows Phone
is also in the works, along with Newsweek - The Daily Beast app for Windows Phone.
Last but not least, there will also be a Box app for Windows Phone arriving on Nokia’s mobile devices, the company announced.
"We believe that Windows Phone will play a meaningful role in enhancing mobile productivity across businesses of all sizes, and we're excited to work with Nokia to bring an unparalleled experience for both users and IT to its Lumia smartphones," Matthew Self, VP of Platform Engineering at Box, stated.