During the second day of the Nokia World Conference, Nokia announced the availability of the beta version of its Ovi SDK.
The key differentiator for the Ovi SDK is its integration with the navigational abilities of mobile devices. This toolset allows developers to tap into the GPS and electronic compass aspects of the device’s hardware in order to create applications that are aware of the user’s position in relation to the rest of the world around them. This enables opportunities for new kinds of applications which can be built on top of social interactions, points of interest, or even entire geographies.
This Ovi SDK sits alongside Nokia’s already existing Ovi Maps Player API which was introduced with Ovi Maps 3. The Ovi SDK adds the navigational component to the Maps Player API.
Applications created with this SDK can be published to appear within the Ovi Store. Developers looking to learn more about this software store and its options for publishing and app monetization should visit http://publish.ovi.com for more information.
Ovi SDK Beta is available on an invitation basis only. Those wishing to express their interest and be added to the list, visit the Ovi Developers section of Forum Nokia.