The Symbian Foundation and Nitobi team up in an effort to make it easier for mobile application developers to create mobile apps for any device.
a move to help make it easier for developers to create mobile applications for
any device, the Symbian Foundation and Nitobi have joined forces.
Symbian and Nitobi,
"creators of the ground-breaking PhoneGap mobile
application development framework, [July 21] announced an open-source
collaboration," the joint statement said. The two organizations are "integrating
Symbian's Web application creation tools and Nitobi's PhoneGap 'write once, run
anywhere' platform" to enable developers to build "app-store-ready
applications for all major mobile platforms."
is "an open-source development tool for building fast, easy,
of the core features in the iPhone, Google, Android, Palm, Symbian and BlackBerry
SDKs [software development kits]," Nitobi said.
is committed to giving mobile Web developers the ability to design fun,
engaging and useful device-independent applications by using open
standards," Nitobi CEO Andre Charland
said in a statement. "We have had a longstanding relationship with members
of the Symbian community and are thrilled to be working directly with this likeminded
organization to provide developers worldwide an easier way to tap into the
power of Symbian."
the joint statement said, "Nitobi has contributed PhoneGap to Symbian,
which [has] included [the PhoneGap technology] in the Symbian 3 platform Web
extensions package. With both of these developments in place, any Web developer
write a mobile application once and deploy it across multiple operating systems
and devices. In addition, developers can access native device capabilities such
as telephony, contacts, camera, accelerometers, orientation and location that
can be modified or enhanced to improve the end-user experience and device
is a great partnership that will benefit app developers across the globe. For
the thousands of apps that have been built using PhoneGap, developers now have
the option of developing one app which will run across all platforms, including
Symbian," Lee Williams, executive director of Symbian, said in a statement.
"At the same time, our Web tools allow developers on other platforms to
quickly build apps for Symbian and access the world's largest smartphone
tools can be accessed here.
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