Orange announced the launch of the Orange Group developer site, www.developers.orange.com, giving mobile developers an essential resource to help create applications for Orange devices. The site will detail how a developer can:
- digitally sign their applications
- publish applications on the Orange download site
- configure their Windows-powered SPV to developer mode ("unlocking" the device)
- purchase an SPV for development purposes
Orange also confirmed Jeremy Dobbyn as Head of the Orange Group developer team. He and his team are tasked with ensuring Orange meets the needs of the global mobile developer community.
The site resource and appointment announcements follow the launch of the SPV (Sound Pictures Video) -- the world's first Windows powered phone - and confirms Orange's commitment of working with mobile developers to ensure its customers benefit from the best applications and services on their mobile device.
There are already in-country developer teams in place within Orange, 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.
Orange also announced that 100 free application signings are to be offered to developers with new and unsigned applications for the SPV. Developers simply have to submit their application for selection by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Over the next few months, Orange will be launching new devices that will run different operating systems. Eventually, a suite of Orange signature devices and operating systems will be available through Orange, and the site will list ways to develop for them all.