Aptana has announced that it is adding support for Nokia S60 devices and the Nokia Web Runtime to its set of tools and services for streamlining development and delivery of mobile Web applications.
Kevin Hakman, director of evangelism for Aptana, said Aptana’s and Nokia’s tools eliminate the need for specialized knowledge and specialized software to build applications for each brand of device. Now that more and more mobile devices support the standard Web technologies, the number of mobile applications is set to grow rapidly, he said.
To ease deployment, the Nokia WRT Plug-In for Aptana Studio generates the downloadable application packages ready to install on Nokia S60 mobile devices, the company said. For rapid testing during development, applications can be deployed to a mobile phone via a Bluetooth connection, Hakman said.
“Nokia WRT is a significant harbinger of more things to come in the mobile application space” said Paul Colton, CEO of Aptana. “If you want to have a large market of mobile apps that drive more consumer and business utilization of mobile services, tapping into the creativity and entrepreneurial inclinations of millions of Web developers makes lots of sense. Now that Nokia, armed with its global distribution of mobile devices, has paved the way for using standard Web technologies for installable mobile apps, there’s a strong precedent for others to follow suit.”
“Aptana Studio is an ideal platform for us to bring these capabilities to market,” said Craig Cumberland, director of technology and applications marketing for software platforms at Nokia. Cumberland leads the team that created the Nokia WRT Plug-In for Aptana Studio.
“Aptana had already demonstrated significant expertise in its free, open-source tools for Web development and support for AJAX libraries,” he said. “Aptana’s tools combined with Nokia’s WRT Plug-in for Aptana Studio give Web developers a great platform for delivering widgets and Web technologies to WRT-capable devices.”