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."
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