In a move I can only label as awesome, Forum Nokia at the Maemo Barcelona Long Weekend announced that Maemo commercial developers interested in publishing at the Ovi Store are invited to apply to their Launchpad program for free and if approved, will have free access to Ovi Publisher plus the regular services from the Launchpad program.
In other words, if you have a good Maemo application, Nokia will help you publish it to the Ovi Store for a grand price of free. Details regarding this announcement are expected next week, but developers are encouraged already to apply with details of the projects they are working on.
I will be attending the Forum Nokia Developer Conference at Bangalore on Monday and we should hopefully hear more about this at the event. I have also setup a live feed from the event at http://thesymbianblog.com/fndc09/ so that you can keep up with the latest.
Yesterday we told you about Maemo.org’s Maemo 5 application page going live and today brings even more good news. Maemo Select, a section on Nokia’s Maemo site that highlights the best applications, themes and wallpapers for Maemo 5 (read N900) has gone live today with a few more apps.
Maemo Select will cover applications from the Maemo Community as well as the Ovi Store. Yes, the Ovi Store. The Ovi Store is coming to the N900 by the end of the year and will feature both free and paid applications. Currently the theme and wallpaper section on Maemo Select is empty but you can expect it to fill up pretty soon. On the app front, downloads are already available for the Amazon Widget, Evernote, Bounce Evolution, Documents to Go and for the Facebook widget amongst others. Fring and Mauku (the Maemo micro-blogging client) will also soon be available for download. Check them out.
However, if you are looking for N900 wallpapers right now, N900Wallpapers.com is definitely worth a look.