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Symbian and Nitobi Simplify Cross-Platform Mobile App DevelopmentSymbian's Web Application Development Tools and Nitobi's PhoneGap Framework Make It Easy to Create Mobile Apps for Any Device (July 19, 2010)
PORTLAND, OR -- (Marketwire) -- 07/19/10 -- OSCON -- Symbian Foundation, the non-profit organization responsible for the world's leading open source smartphone platform and Nitobi, creators of the ground-breaking PhoneGap mobile application development framework, today 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 can now easily make app store ready applications for all major mobile platforms. The companies will be showcasing this capability for the first time at OSCON, the open source convention, at booth number #700.
The new tools can be accessed at http://developer.symbian.org/wiki/index.php/Symbian_Web_Development_Tools_%28WRT_Tools%29.
"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."
Also at OSCON, Symbian will be hosting a workshop that will include a presentation from PhoneGap regarding the partnership. It will be held on Tuesday, July 20th from 1:30 - 5:00 p.m. in room F150.
Symbian is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to driving innovation in the mobile space. The company manages the open source Symbian platform, which has shipped in over 360 million smartphones around the world to-date. Symbian's mission is to foster collaboration, contribution and ongoing participation among the industry to develop the best mobile experience possible for consumers.
The company has offices worldwide to build and maintain close relationships with players throughout the global market. Symbian's board of directors includes AT&T Mobility LLC, Fujitsu Limited, Nokia Corporation, NTT DOCOMO, INC., Qualcomm Innovation Center, Ltd., Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB, ST Microelectronics NV, Texas Instruments Inc., and Vodafone Group Services Ltd. For more information please visit www.symbian.org and blog.symbian.org.
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