If Microsoft won’t do it, damnit, Nokia will. That’s basically the attitude we get from Nokia’s latest blog post over at their “conversations page.” Ok, so maybe it isn’t that harsh, but Nokia’s definitely looking to bring some “big time” apps to the struggling Windows Phone Marketplace.
At CTIA in New Orleans, Nokia announced some new partnerships that will see the arrival of some great apps for Windows Phone, that will hopefully help bolster sales. Nokia’s Senior VP of Developers, Marco Argenti said, “With Nokia Lumia smartphones now available in 48 markets, developers are rapidly recognizing the business opportunities and creating their best work for our consumers.”
During the announcement, Nokia broke down the addition of the new apps into six different categories; Sports, Games, Lifestyle, Entertainment, News and Productivity. Within these categories, Nokia mentioned some specific titles, for instance:
ESPN – Fantasy Football 2012
EA Games – EA is looking to bring so powerhouse games to Windows Phone, like FIFA, Madden, NBA Jam, Tiger Woods, Mirror’s Edge and Yahtzee.
Rovio – Rovio is already hard at work bringing Angry Birds Space to the Windows Phone Marketplace and has apparently changed its stance on the whole OS ecosystem. Now promising faster ports of their upcoming titles.
Groupon (yes, this app is already on the Marketplace, but Groupon is working on an extensive upgrade of its Windows Phone app, bringing a new augmented reality deal-finder function. It will be exclusive to Lumia owners for six months following its launch in Summer 2012.)
AOL Entertainment HUB
Nokia has even managed to score some of these apps as exclusives aside from Groupon, like ESPN’s Fantasy Football app and PGA Tour (for 2012).
It’s great to see a company like Nokia taking the reins and steering the success of the Windows Phone ecosystem in the right direction.