Today, we announced our support for the Barnes & Noble NOOK Color tablet.
We are very excited to bring you another platform to deploy your applications and for you to be able to monetize your apps through more app stores and on other non-iOS/Android devices. Yes, the NOOK runs under Android 2.2 Froyo, but the OS is specifically tailored to run on the NOOK, and we are adding a slew of NOOK-only features into Corona to enhance the overall experience of your application when running on a NOOK device.
Getting Corona SDK to support the NOOK device started because of Ted Patrick, Chief Evangelist of Developer Relations for Barnes & Noble, who invited me to the NOOK launch party late last year. Ted and I go way back when we first met while at Macromedia, circa early 2005 and when we got talking about supporting NOOK my eyes just lit up. I thought back then and I still think, the NOOK is well positioned to not just be another eReader. It is now a “mobile device.” When we first got Corona apps running on early NOOKs, we were blown away by the performance that Corona apps ran under the then-nascent tablet.
Ted Patrick wrote a nice blog entry about Corona earlier this year. Some of you were keen to it and surmised right away we were up to something. Indeed we were.
Ultimately, what does all this mean to you? At a high level, it means two things:
First, it means that youhave an additional platform to monetize on. And second, (the most important thing in my opinion) is that by using Corona, you can focus on great app and game development, while we focus on the platform intricacies.
Just pause here for a second, and think about what I just wrote.
Conversely, you can ask yourself, what other platforms is Ansca going to support next? It is a safe bet, that if you focus your app development with Corona, we will eventually support any new platform that we think is viable and has a good chance of succeeding. And all you would have to do at that point, is just click build -> some new device and PRESTO! Your app on a new platform.
I know that you have a lot of questions right now in regards to NOOK and Corona SDK for NOOK subscription costs, availability, international developers, plus tons of other questions about Corona and our future roadmap, features, etc. So, Walter and I plan to hold a new webcast next week where we will share more information with you. We will post the webcast time/date as soon as possible; and yes, we will record the webcast in case you can’t make it.
As always, if you have additional questions, feel free to e-mail them to me.
Also, there’s always the comments section…
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