Nokia, with new devices like the Nokia N97 making gadget blog headlines and the opening of the Ovi Store last month, is in the midst of a big push to expand and open its platform to web developers of all stripes. The $250,000 prize money offered in the Calling All Innovators Contest is one of the largest prizes for developers that we've seen, along with a hefty $30K in prizes for the Apps on Maps Contest. And finally, a new Ovi Maps API offers rich 2D and 3D views, optimized for mobile as well as website applications.
There are now 700 social mashups in our mashup directory. Social apps are growing quickly, as we noted when the directory reached 5,000 total mashups. Social mashups now make up 9% of the directory, up from less than 3% in 2008. The growth has been pushed forward primarily by two social stalwarts: the Twitter API and the Facebook API.