Nokia Lumia and Windows Phone to get Angry Birds Space
A partnership with Rovio will bring Angry Birds Space to Windows Phone. Other exclusives will include offerings from EA Games, Groupon and ESPN apps.
Nokia have announced a number of unique and exclusive app experiences coming to the Windows Phone 8 platform.
Perhaps the biggest story (and the one most likely to whip fans into a frenzy) was the reveal that Rovio is building a dedicated design and development team to create games for the Windows Phone platform. Mikael Hed, CEO of Rovio said this of the Nokia partnership: "We are very committed to bring our games to Lumia devices, and are looking forward to delighting our fans on the Windows Phone platform".
Rovio titles starting with Angry Birds Space join the original Angry Birds game in coming to Nokia Lumia and Windows Phone consumers.
Other apps announced include:
Electronic Arts (EA) will continue to deliver leading game titles to Nokia Lumia and Windows Phone consumers, including FIFA, Madden NFL, NBA Jam, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR, Mirror's Edge and Yahtzee. These games join titles such as Need for Speed Undercover, Need for Speed Hot Pursuit, The Sims 3, Spider Jack, and MONOPOLY which are already available in Windows Phone Marketplace.
Groupon (exclusive to Nokia Lumia for 6 months from launch)
Nokia Lumia users will be able to enjoy a upgraded version of the Groupon Windows Phone app. The app will include a newly developed augmented reality deal discovery function to combine map and Points-of-Interest (POI) data with what is seen via the camera's viewfinder, enabling users to see virtual Groupon deals, in real-time, nearby.
PayPal and Nokia are working together to bring PayPal's secure, fast and easy payments capabilities to the Windows Phone platform and Nokia Lumia smartphones, globally. PayPal will leverage the power of Windows Phone Live Tiles to create a compelling user experience that provides users with the flexibility to pay on-the-go.
ESPN (exclusive to Nokia Lumia until May 2013)
The exclusive ESPN Hub will deliver a number of key updates in coming months, including sports scores on Live Tiles, team-level panoramas, personalization of scores, leagues and teams, and additional sports coverage such as Tennis and NASCAR.
AOL Entertainment Hub (exclusive to Nokia Lumia for 6 months)
AOL is set to introduce the AOL Entertainment Hub, you'll be able to listen to one of 55,000 radio stations via SHOUTcast, stream free music albums with AOL's Listening Party or view Trailers and Movie listings.
Elsewhere we can expect to see the official PGA Tour app getting its first outing on Windows Phone (exclusive to Nokia Lumia for 12 months), and apps for Time Magazine, Newsweek (The Daily Beast), Tripdots and Box.
Crawford Del Prete, Executive Vice President at IDC Worldwide Research said: "Nokia has achieved much in a short space of time when it comes to key brands and partners creating apps for Nokia Lumia customers. We believe developers are now moving away from simply porting, to create new innovative and high-design apps that fully leverage the Windows Phone Metro UI and features such as live tiles".
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