Nokia's Windows Phone developer relations head departs

Nokia not only makes its own Windows Phone applications, it has also secured timed exclusives for other third party Windows Phone apps. Today, the man in charge of getting those exclusives has announced he is leaving Nokia.

AllThingsD.com reports that Richard Kerris is departing Nokia after first coming on board in October 2011 to become its Global Head of Developer Relations. He previously worked at Apple and HP. Kerris started his job at Nokia just as the company was launching its first Windows Phone devices, under the Lumia brand.

Neowin has interviewed Kerris and talked with him several times during his stay at Nokia and every encounter with him was always a fascinating look into how Nokia (and the market) was shifting in front of our eyes.

Under Kerris, Nokia managed to obtain timed Windows Phone exclusive third party apps from companies such as Groupon, AOL ESPN, the PGA Tour and more in 2012. In February, Nokia announced it will have the Windows Phone exclusive apps for GoPro and Burton, along with a special version of the upcoming Foursquare app.

Kerris says that he is leaving Nokia to start his own small mobile app consulting firm that will be designed to help both small startup companies and large businesses come up with a mobile app business strategy. Kerris is leaving Nokia on good terms and will continue to consult for the company. A replacement for Kerris has yet to be named.

Source: AllThingsD.com | Image via AllThingsD.com

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Eh, still not sure about the idea of big-name third party apps having some exclusivity to certain OEMs, as it seems to divide the concept of universal experiences expected in Windows Phone, but I do understand that OEMs want to have some good amount of differentiation outside of hardware.

I still find it rather odd that there's a GroupOn app for Nokia and a general GroupOn app for Windows Phone that doesn't seem to have any specific differences...

I hope this doesn't put a dent in Nokia's plans. Their "HERE" apps were great and it was very nice of them to make it available to non-Nokia WP8 devices.