Web application and cloud tool maker Aptana and Nokia announce at the Nokia Developer Summit new mobile device capabilities and development tools that enable millions of Web developers to develop mobile applications to run on Nokia devices.
MONTE CARLO-At the Nokia
Developer Summit here, Web application and cloud tool maker Aptana and Nokia
announced on April 28 new mobile device capabilities and development tools that
enable millions of Web developers to develop mobile applications to run on
The tools are aimed at developers with expertise in standard Web
technologies. The latest versions of the Nokia WRT (Web Runtime) and Nokia WRT
Plug-in for Aptana Studio-which is now at the Beta 2 stage-enable "Web
developers [to] easily create, package and deploy a whole new range of mobile
applications" aka widgets, which" install at the click of a button,
can utilize the device's contact list and calendar data, determine the device's
location, find landmarks within an area, send and get SMS [Short Message
Service] messages, receive information from a device sensor such as an
accelerometer, and more on Nokia S60 5th edition devices including the
forthcoming Nokia N97."
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Aptana and Nokia officials said creating applications for mobile devices has
traditionally required specialized knowledge and specialized software that was
different for each brand of device. However, with Nokia WRT, Web developers can
known by a vast number of developers. Nokia is among the first to support using
standard Web technologies for installable mobile applications and to enable Web
developers to use the powerful underlying platform capabilities of a mobile device,
the company said.
In addition, the latest version of the Nokia WRT enables users to further
personalize their devices by adding "mini-apps" to the home screens
of their devices, said Rob Taylor, global head of Forum Nokia, the developer
outreach arm of Nokia. "For example, a Nokia WRT application tracking stock
positions through Bloomberg [or] keeping up-to-date on Facebook chatter among
friends or the latest Twitter feeds can display that data in real time on the
device home screen," Nokia officials said.
Moreover, "Developers using Aptana Studio and the Nokia WRT Plug-in for
it can build, debug, preview, test, package and deploy applications faster
through the powerful Eclipse-based Web development tooling and related
application cloud hosting services for which Aptana has become known,"
"Extending Aptana's suite of Web development tools to meet the needs of
developers using Nokia WRT has delivered significant value and ease to the
Nokia developer community," Craig Cumberland, who leads the team that was
responsible for creating the Nokia WRT Plug-In for Aptana Studio, said in a
statement. "Aptana Studio has become very popular in the Web development
and Eclipse communities. With a current rate of more than 200,000 downloads a
month, Aptana is a driving force in making Web developers worldwide aware of
the kinds of mobile applications they can create using Nokia WRT."
"We think Nokia's latest breakthrough in mobile Web applications will
be very exciting to web developers around the globe," Paul Colton, CEO
of Aptana, said in a statement. "With Nokia's worldwide distribution of
millions of devices and the breakthrough ability to create feature-rich Web
applications that make the most of the devices upon which they run, we expect
to see lots of innovation and applications for nearly everything under the sun
coming from Web developers using Nokia WRT."
The companies said, "Developers using Aptana Studio can also provide data
services for their mobile Web applications using Aptana Cloud Connect, which
provides instant, scalable hosting for Java, PHP, Ruby on Rails and Jaxer applications.
Applications deployed via Aptana Cloud Connect can easily serve data to mobile
applications and scale up or down as a mobile application's utilization
changes. Aptana Cloud is integrated into the workflows of Aptana Studio to
facilitate development, testing, deploying, managing and monitoring
applications. Aptana Studio supports any combination of HTML, CSS,
Rails and Python development. It can run stand-alone or be plugged into
Eclipse, the most widely used development tool for Java."
Commenting on the value of using Web technology and tapping into the cloud
to build mobile applications, John Faith, vice president and general manager of
mobile and wireless technology at MySpace, said, "As mobile developers
we're given this unique opportunity to create mashups with all the data
available in the cloud."
The latest version of the Nokia WRT Plug-in for Aptana Studio is currently
available to Forum Nokia Pro, Launchpad and Champions members, the company
said. Aptana Studio and the current version of the Nokia WRT Plug-in for Aptana
Studio may be downloaded and used for free at www.aptana.com.
Aptana Cloud Connect pricing starts at about $0.65
cents per day and includes hosting fees for applications. New users can try Aptana
Cloud Connect for free.