Nokia announced the winners of its Calling All Innovators contest, a competition in partnership with AT&T to reward mobile app developers that also underscored Nokia’s ambitions for North America. In addition to cash prizes, the winning developers were invited to make their Qt-based app available in Ovi Store to Nokia customers globally, reaching tens of millions of potential customers.

Each participating developer was given Nokia N8 developer pack and tasked with creating native apps using the Qt SDK and premium 3D hardware accelerated games using OpenGL ES 2.0 for the Nokia N8. More than 800 entries were received.

“The commitment from Nokia is a clear message that we are serious about the North American market,” said  Purnima Kockikar, vice president Forum Nokia. “Developers have the tools, the support from AT&T and the marketing power of Nokia to get visibility for their apps.”

The Nokia N8 uses Symbian ^3 smartphone software, which supports multi-touch, flick scrolling and pinch-zoom, and features 2D and 3D graphics architecture and multitasking.

The top prize in each category was $150,000. Taking that honor in the entertainment category was the TuneWiki Social Media Player, while Slacker Radio was named top music app. Games were divided into genres: action and adventure, Tank Hero; cards and casinos, Dice Hero; classics and arcade, Wooden Labryinth 3D; and puzzles and strategy, Sparkle.

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