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Nokia, Globe Labs bring Nokia Asha Developer Day to the Philippines

Participants to Nokia, Globe Labs Asha Developer Day are given a briefing on the suite of tools for the Nokia Asha platform

Developers, students and IT professionals joined mobile communications giant Nokia and Globe Labs, a fast-growing developer community of Globe Telecom, in the Asha Developer Night held recently at the Nokia headquarters in Makati City.

The first Asha Developer Community Meetup highlighted the various business opportunities which developers can explore. They were given an introduction to the Nokia Asha user interface as well as the Nokia Asha SDK – a suite of tools that help with the development of Java apps on the Nokia Asha platform.

“The event was a great place to do networking, meet other developers, and ask questions about the Nokia platforms. We want to help local developers reach their full potentials, assist them in creating applications using Nokia Asha platforms as well as give them a chance to dig deeper into Asha’s realm,” said Michelle Santos, Developer Relations Manager of Globe Labs.

Launched by Globe Telecom in 2008, Globe Labs is an innovative community composed of IT professionals, students, and business managers with primary focus on mobile and future technologies which can later on be deployed to the market.

Developers can use their IT skills to come up with applications suitable to Nokia Asha family which currently includes 19 different high-end design and innovation at various price points and on sale in over 130 countries worldwide.

Nokia continues to enjoy broad consumer reach with an installed base of more than 675 million devices. To date, the company has sold more than 20 million Asha Touch units since its debut in June 2012.

Meanwhile, responding to the growing demand for affordable smartphones in the country,

Globe Telecom unveiled its most extensive array of device offerings all available for free at Plan 499.

For as low as P499 monthly, subscribers can avail of a free device of their choice under the telco’s suite of fully-customizable postpaid plans, ranging from Android devices Samsung Galaxy S Duos or CloudFone 501D, Windows phones Nokia Lumia 520 or Huawei Ascend W1, a BlackBerry 9320, or a CloudPad and CloudFone 352g bundle.

Android enthusiasts can take advantage of the extensive Android app community with the Samsung Galaxy S Duos which has a large 4-inch screen display that can comfortably accommodate web pages, long e-mails, detailed photos, and videos, or the CloudFone 501D which has a 5” WVGA Touchscreen and a 5MP camera powered by a 1GHz dual core processor.

Powered by Windows Phone 8, the Nokia Lumia 520 comes with exclusive digital lenses, a 1GHz dual core processor, 4-inch WVGA display touchscreen, and 5MP.

Huawei Ascend W1 is Huawei’s first Windows Phone 8 smartphone that features a 4-inch touchscreen, a 4 GB internal storage expandable up to 32 GB via microSD, and 5 MP rear camera and VGA front camera. The handsets will appeal to Windows users who want their phones to be both work and productivity tools.