Nokia releases first Windows Phone app

While we wait to see what Nokia plans to release in terms of its long awaited Windows Phone 7.5-based smartphones, Nokia is apparently wasting no time in releasing an app for Windows Phone users. The Zune Marketplace web site now has a link to "Top Apps" which is listed as being created by Nokia Corporation. The program is apparently designed to be a one stop place to find the most popular and best apps for Windows Phone.

The description of the Top Apps program says that it will help users find "the latest and hottest applications, view their ratings and descriptions and then get them straight to your phone." It is also supposed to have "handpicked local and global top applications", along with "featured daily picks" and more. The fact that Nokia has already started to release apps for Windows Phone 7 users may mean that the company is getting closer to releasing its own Windows Phone 7 devices.

Nokia has already said that its relationship with Microsoft in making their upcoming Windows Phone 7 smartphone is different than other smartphone companies. Nokia CEO Steven Elop stated recently that Microsoft has given Nokia access to all of Windows Phone 7's source code. That should allow Nokia, in theory, to offer phones that will have unique features that won't be available on other Windows Phone 7 based devices. The release of this new Top Apps program may be an example of that kind of program.

Nokia claims that its first Windows Phone 7 smartphones are due to be released before the end of 2011.

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Microsoft has given Nokia access to all of Windows Phone 7's source code

This keeps getting throw around like it is something super special, and people are also taking this down a silly road as well.

1) Getting access to the source code to Microsoft OS technologies is not as rare or hard as people seem to think it is. If you work in academics specifically, you can get the source code to the NT kernel, the WinCE kernel, etc. Also if you are a hardware MFR, you can also obtain portions of source code from virtually any product that you would have a need for your hardware. This is not new, has been going on for nearly 20 years now, and people act like it is freaking rare... (There are tons of hardware companies that have the source code to Windows for various reasons.)

2) Just because someone can 'see' the source code, does not mean it is in a form that can be modified, in fact it is often in a very tightly locked and secured format that is only viewable, and only viewable within a set of guidelines.

3) No matter what level of access Nokia has, WP7 will NOT be Android. As noted in #2, this does not let Nokia 'modify' or change the code in any way, nor do they have any intention of this, as a key concept of WP7 (and Windows) is the consistency. This is where the polluted concepts that come from not understanding OSS very well, assumes that because Nokia can see the source code they can create 50 distributions, or change WP7 on their phones.

4) Nokia is the 'first' WP7 MFR to get to see the source, just as there was a 'first MFR' that was able to see the source code of Windows NT. Because of the cross over and rights licensing, IBM got full access to even USE Windows 3.x code, as they did in OS/2, but they were not allowed to modify it. IBM also got full access to Windows NT, which they specifically used things from NT in building OS/2 2.x; however, again, they were not able to modify Windows NT. (And IBM was selling computers that ran Windows 3.x and Windows NT, so it wasn't just about OS/2 and they were not allowed to monkey with Windows on their hardware sold.)

As has been clarified, Nokia will be permitted to 'brand' the UI, which means they could ask for a Nokia logo on the status bar, or some special colorization option. However, this will be Microsoft approved, and probably Microsoft coded if it involves actually changing the bits beyond color or images.


Just because you get to see the source code does not mean you get to modify it. It doesn't 'open' the code to your free will of use.

(Seriously, we can all see the binary code of anything, and there was a time that real programmers would read the machine code and see how things worked, they didn't need the pretty C source code. The OSS movement has made programmers dumb and lazy.)

Rahul Mulchandani said,
What next? A new Nokia - WP7 phone?

No i think they just made their first app to join the race and beat other developers!
A nokia phone with Wp7 ? You're nuts!

I can find it in Zune, but I can't find it by looking at the Marketplace on my phone. Is it limited to certain phones?

Oh, and off topic: The forums are slow as hell now (basically unusable) since the "upgrade". Great work Neowin! You really should learn to leave well enough alone, since it seems every time you mess with them, it takes days to get things working again.

roadwarrior said,
Oh, and off topic: The forums are slow as hell now (basically unusable) since the "upgrade". Great work Neowin! You really should learn to leave well enough alone, since it seems every time you mess with them, it takes days to get things working again.

They've gotta keep the upgrades rolling or else people will complain that they never update their forum software. My only real complaint to the forum's upgrades is the lack of communication on Neowin's developer's end. They have always been good at keeping us up to date on their status, and any problems that they are having. But in these past few days not a single front-page-post about the upgrade, no tweets, no facebook updates, nothing in the IRC channel.............

Shadrack said,

They've gotta keep the upgrades rolling or else people will complain that they never update their forum software.


Well, with this "upgrade" it seems that they lost more features than they actually gained, and screwed up a lot more in the process.

roadwarrior said,

Well, with this "upgrade" it seems that they lost more features than they actually gained, and screwed up a lot more in the process.

I haven't been able to get on the Forums really so I'm not sure what is gained and what is loss. Hopefully, by the time they are done working out the kinks, everything will be back to normal. Still, I'm disgruntle about the lack of communications. The only thing posted seems to be in the forums which have been down and isn't very helpful.