In a move designed to provide applications developers with easy and consistent access to its products, Orange has created a global developer site. This will detail how a developer can purchase, unlock and configure an SPV for development purposes, digitally sign their applications and publish applications on the Orange download site.
Orange, which has faced criticism from developers in the past about its failure to provide access to its network and products, now has country-specific developer teams in place, such as the UK's Orange Developers Forum (www.developers.orange. co.uk) and OrangeLab (www.orangelab.biz) in France.
This new group site compliments those functions, and directs developers to the correct areas within the Orange Group. Commenting Nick Balderson, vice president of Product Infrastructure Development for OrangeWorld, said, "Orange is looking at ways of making it even easier to develop for Orange signature devices and is committed to working with third party developers. We believe that developers and their applications will be essential to the success of the SPV and future Orange phones. Compelling applications provide our customers with more ways to play, work and share."
To give impetus to the initiative, Orange is offering 100 free application signings to developers with new and unsigned applications for the SPV. Developers can submit their application for selection by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.Â
The 100 successful developers will receive an electronic voucher, which can be redeemed to get their application signed and published on the Orange store, which is supported by Handango.