Nokia announced on Thursday that it plans to supply 25,000 developers with Nokia Lumia 800 Windows Phone devices.
Nokia executive Marco Argenti announced on Thursday at Nokia World that 25,000 Nokia Lumia 800 devices will be made available to developers in the coming months. In a message on Twitter, Argenti praised Nokia’s flagship Windows Phone. “Nokia Lumia 800 is a beautiful thing. Developers will be inspired to create beautiful apps; the opportunity is here, now,” he said. Nokia’s commitment to 25,000 devices follows a promise from earlier this year. Nokia announced in February that it planned to ship free Windows Phone devices to developers when they were made available.
Nokia has not yet confirmed how or exactly when developers will be able to get their hands on a free device. The Lumia 800 is due to launch in the UK on November 16 so it’s likely that Nokia will make the devices available to developers around the same time.
Nokia’s Lumia 800 device is the company’s “first real Windows Phone” and will feature in most of its marketing efforts over the coming weeks. The device includes a 3.7-inch AMOLED clear black curved display. Nokia has also opted to include several unique applications for its first Windows Phone offering. Nokia Drive, Music, Maps and Store applications are all available on the Lumia 800. The applications are exclusive to Nokia’s Windows Phone devices.