Symbian and Nitobi partner to enable Operating System independent apps

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Symbian Foundation and Nitobi, creators of the PhoneGap mobile application development framework, have announced an open source collaboration designed to simplify mobile application development. By integrating Symbian’s web application creation tools and Nitobi’s PhoneGap ‘write once, run anywhere’ platform, mobile developers should be able to make applications for all major mobile platforms.

In addition, Nitobi has contributed PhoneGap to Symbian, which is included in the in the Symbian^3 platform web extensions package. With both of these developments in place, any web developer who knows HTML, CSS and JavaScript can now 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 functionality.

“PhoneGap is committed to giving mobile web developers the ability to design fun, engaging and useful device-independent applications by using open standards,” commented Andre Charland, CEO of Nitobi. “We have had a long standing relationship with members of the Symbian community and are thrilled to be working directly with this like minded organization to provide developers worldwide an easier way to tap in to 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,” said Lee Williams, Executive Director of Symbian. “At the same time, our web tools allow developers on other platforms to quickly build rich Internet-based apps for Symbian and access the world’s largest smartphone market.”

The new tools can be accessed here.

Courtesy: Cellular News

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