In 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."
Symbian and Nitobi announced the partnership at the O'Reilly Open Source Convention in Portland, Ore.
"PhoneGap 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."
"This 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 market."
The tools can be accessed here.