The S60 3rd Edition Challenge awards are co-sponsored by Forum Nokia, Nokia's global developer support program, and Adobe, and culminate a 10-month selection process from among 117 entries in the categories of enterprise, music, Macromedia Flash Lite and location-aware applications.
The winners announced today in each of the four categories will receive a 25,000 top prize and a one-year free membership in Forum Nokia PRO, an exclusive developer support program, valued at 4,000. Top winners in each of the four categories also receive a demo spot at NokiaWorld 2006, free on-site technical support and consultancy, devices and additional marketing support from Nokia affiliate, Handango.
"The outstanding winners of this competition and the 117 mobile developers who answered the S60 3rd Edition Challenge show the high degree of enthusiasm for the advanced device management capabilities, stylish user interface and intuitive web browser functionality of devices based on S60 3rd Edition," said Lee Epting, Vice President, Forum Nokia. "Clearly, developers and mobile device users are increasingly responding to S60 3rd Edition as the smartphone platform defining the future of mobility today."
Selected by a jury comprised of representatives of Macromedia and Nokia Business units from among among 20 finalists announced in September, the top award winners in each category include:
Best Enterprise Application: Quickoffice - Quickoffice Premier 4
Quickoffice is a world leader in providing mobile office document software for smartphones allowing users to open, view and edit Microsoft Office documents - at the point of need - with complete document data integrity. The company's flagship product, Quickoffice Premier(TM), allows users to view, edit, print and even present documents directly from their smartphone. The software design also includes the ability for end-users to receive future value-added applications to meet the evolving needs in the market. For more information, visit: www.quickoffice.com.
1st Runner-Up: Thinprint - Content Beamer (www.thinprint.com) 2nd Runner-Up: HansaWorld - HansaWorld Enterprise (www.hansaworld.com)
Best Flash Application: Foreca - Flash Weather
Foreca is the largest private weather service company in the Nordic countries and through its highly-skilled staff of meteorologists and forecasting models developed by Foreca's own software engineers guarantees state-of-the-art weather services for its clients around the world. Foreca's FlashWeather applications feature mobile weather products that include: SpotWeather Forecasts, Current Conditions, Weather Radar, Temperature and Precipitation Forecasts and others. For more information, visit: www.foreca.com.
1st Runner-Up: Gideon - 06 World Cup (www.gideonmobile.com) 2nd Runner-Up: Refresh Mobile - Mobizines (www.refreshmobile.com)
Best Mobile Music Application: InfoTalk Corporation - Music Finder
InfoTalk Corporation, a leading provider of multi-lingual conversational speech understanding technology, envisions a world in which voice-enabled information access and transactions are available anytime, anywhere and via any fixed-line, mobile or PDA device. InfoTalk's MusicFinder provides a fast and easy way to use voice commands rather than scrolling to search for music stored as mp3, AAC or other digital files. Users speak a song title, artist's name or playlist in response to an audio prompt, and the stored audio file is passed to the mobile device's default music player for listening. For more information, visit: www.infotalkcorp.com.
1st Runner-Up: N2N Consulting - M-Bit (www.n2nconsulting.com) 2nd Runner-Up: inTouch Wireless Services - AirAlbum (www.airalbum.net)
Best Location-Aware Service/Application: Augmentra - ViewRanger
Augmentra Ltd delivers innovative solutions that maximise the opportunities offered by the convergence of mobile phone, imaging, and GPS technologies. Specifically created to match the needs of the active outdoor enthusiast, Augmentra solutions overcome the issues created by using mobile technology in a rural environment. ViewRanger(TM) is a unique mapping, navigation and information tool for mobile phones that provides information about immediate surroundings through a natural and intuitive display. With a Bluetooth GPS receiver connected, ViewRanger transforms a Nokia or other Symbian S60 smartphone into a fully featured trail navigation system. For more information, visit: www.viewranger.com.
1st Runner-Up: Aspicore - GSM tracker (www.aspicore.com) 2nd Runner-Up: Navicore - Navicore Personal (www.navicoretech.com)
Forum Nokia S60 3rd Edition Challenge runners-up for each of the four competition categories will receive a one-year membership in the exclusive Forum Nokia PRO developer support program.