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October 17, 2013

Award-winning apps for Asha

More than 1,000 apps were submitted to Nokia Developer’s Asha Developer Competition from nearly 500 developers worldwide, and today the winning apps were revealed.

Developers were encouraged to submit either Java or web apps for use with Asha Touch and Asha 501 devices in any of four categories: Games, Utilities & Productivity, Music & Entertainment, and News & Information. Special prizes were being offered for the Best User Experience, Best Web App, and Best New Idea, too.

For each of these categories, the developer of the winning app will get 25,000 euros. For the special prizes, the winners will receive 10,000 euros.

Approximately 65 per cent of the apps submitted were designed for use on the Nokia Asha 501, and the rest for Nokia Asha Touch devices. The best part of all, however, is that every app and game submitted was published to the Nokia Store meaning there are plenty of new apps for people who own a Nokia Asha device.

Meet the winners of the Asha Developer Competition

The judging was recently completed, and the winning apps will be featured at Nokia World in Abu Dhabi next week.


The winning apps in the four contest categories are:


The winners of the three special prizes are:

You can check out all of the winning apps in the Nokia Store.

What happens to the winning apps?

App contests for developers are a regular occurrence. Often times it might seem like there is a lot of hoopla about the winners, and then what? We don’t always hear the “What’s next?”

Well, in the case of Cologne, Germany-based Qeep, the story is impressive indeed. Two years ago, they entered Nokia’s “Create for Millions” contest, and were on podium for their mobile social gaming community app. Since that time, they have continued to build out the features and functionality of their Java-based app, which works especially well on phones like the Nokia Asha 501.


“The Asha platform gives us almost the [same] flexibility you would normally only find in a smartphone environment,” said Christian Schulte, managing director at Qeep. These days, as they continue to make enhancements to the app, they are able to make modifications within a week or two specific to the needs of the Asha range.

Watch this new video from Nokia Developer to see how Qeep is building on their prior success:

Currently, they are working on a location-based product that will be coming out soon (we don’t want to spoil the surprise).

“From a developer’s perspective, the Nokia Asha device series and especially the Asha 501, is extremely interesting because it gives, at a very low price point, a smartphone-like user experience to a lot of users out there; and for us, it’s the right platform to connect to the next billion,” Schulte said.

The number of mobile connections worldwide is expected to increase by 1.6 billion over the next four years, with 61% of that growth coming from the Asia-Pacific region alone. To learn more about the opportunities developers have with the next billion users, check out Nokia’s Insights & Masterclasses “The Next Billion Mobile Users: Which Apps Will Matter?”