Spotify Expands Reach to Symbian Smartphones

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2009-11-23 Print this article Print

Spotify, the popular Internet music application, has announced that it is now available on Symbian mobile phones, powered by TAT (The Astonishing Tribe) technology.

Spotify, the popular internet music application, has announced that it is now available on Symbian mobile phones, powered by TAT (The Astonishing Tribe) technology.

This move means that now 250 million mobile phone users with Symbian OS version 9.2 and above can download the Spotify music application. This makes it is easy for users with handsets by manufacturers such as Nokia, Samsung and Sony Ericsson to access their favorite music on their mobile phones, the company said.

"Spotify has quickly become one of the leading music applications on the internet, and keeps impressing us with their innovative and extremely ambitious mindset regarding the user experience," said Charlotta Falvin, CEO of TAT, in a statement. "We have thoroughly enjoyed working with Spotify to help realize their visions for a mobile version that can now reach hundreds of millions of music lovers that use Symbian based phones."

TAT officials said the technology used for Spotify's downloadable music application has long been used to create advanced user interfaces across various mobile platforms. Using that same technology to build downloadable applications is a logical step as post-loaded services on mobile devices rapidly expands from iPhones to the much larger total smartphone market, the company said.

"Spotify has chosen to work with TAT for our S60 application, and for other upcoming platforms, as we think it is the only tool on these platforms that allows for rapid high level language UI development, separated from the core low level application," said Gustav Soderstrom, vice president of products at Spotify, in a statement. "It lets our UED resources construct the UI directly, instead of specifying it to developers, and allows portability of the UI between platforms that run the Cascades rendering engine. As anyone who has worked in mobile knows, doing a great application is only half the work -- cost efficiency, portability and maintenance of such an advanced application across many hardware platforms and form factors is very tricky and easily gets out of control, making it impossible to maintain consistency and launch new features." 

Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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