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Wireless Apps builders prefer .Net & Java

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Mobile versions of .Net and Java currently lead the way as preferred platforms for wireless application developers, but newcomers in this space, Mac OS and Android, are expected to pick up steam, Evans Data said.

Results of a survey being released Tuesday by Evans have 43 percent of developers targeting Microsoft’s .Net Compact Framework and 42 percent opting for Java ME (Micro Edition). The survey gauged the views of 384 developers worldwide in May and June.

Also ranking in the survey were Windows Mobile 6.0, with 31 percent; and the following contenders: Linux, 25 percent; Nokia Series 80, 22 percent; Symbian, 20 percent; Windows Mobile 5.0; 19 percent; Java, 18 percent; Palm OS, 15 percent; RIM OS, 14 percent; Mac OS 10, 8 percent; and Android, 7 percent.

But Mac OS X development, which covers Apple’s popular iPhone device, and Android, the mobile platform project led by Google, are expected to grow in popularity, said John Andrews, Evans president and CEO, in an interview on Monday.

“We don’t see these numbers as negative. In fact, we see them [as a positive step since] they’re actually on the radar screen this early in their lifecycle,” Andrews said.

Android systems are not even on the market yet; they are due in the second half of this year. Android is under the jurisdiction of the Open Handset Alliance.

Evans does not expect Mac OS X and Android to displace any of the entrenched leaders. But gains in market share by these two platforms could come at the expense of platforms such as Symbian, Windows Mobile 5.0, or Palm OS, Andrews said.

Fifty percent of developers included in the survey were building browser- or Web content-based applications, while 30 percent were developing ecommerce applications, 24 percent were building wireless portal applications, and 24 percent were developing CRM systems.

Target hardware platforms cited in the survey included Nokia, sought after by 56 percent of respondents, followed by Motorola with 33 percent, and Sony Ericcson, at 29 percent.

Obstacles cited to building wireless applications include cross-platform testing requirements and lack of access to device APIs. Also, more than one-third of developers were building applications for external use by their company’s customers, Evans found. Additionally, the company learned that location-based information is used far more in development in Asia and Europe than North or South America.

Source : InfoWorld

Google’s Android comes to life

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Google’s Android comes to life
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Google demonstrated its Android mobile phone software at the Google I/O conference in San Francisco.
The project, under development by Google and a number of partners in the Open Handset Alliance,
is due to ship as open-source software when the first Android phones go on sale later this year.
This is a view of the home screen, demonstrated by Steve Horowitz, Android’s engineering director.

Yahoo adds a feather in its Go 3.0

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Yahoo’s onePlace creates bookmarks to Web pages and then lets users organize those bookmarks into categories.

Yahoo on Tuesday introduced onePlace, a service that lets people organize Web content so it can be quickly accessed through a mobile browser on a phone or other Internet-connected device.

Unveiled at the CeBit technology show in Hannover, Germany, onePlace creates bookmarks to Web pages and then lets users organize those bookmarks into categories. The service includes a search engine for finding bookmarks.

As Yahoo envisions it, a person planning a trip to Paris could create a collection of bookmarks, or links, to information such as a weather site, city guides, restaurant reviews, hotels, walking maps, etc. OnePlace includes a mobile RSS reader, so people can subscribe to content feeds to stay on top of the latest information.

Users also can create links to personalized content on the Yahoo network, including MyYahoo, Flickr, and Del.iciou.us. “With the introduction of Yahoo OnePlace, we are announcing the next essential component to our mobile product line up,” Marco Boerries, executive VP of connected life at Yahoo, said in a statement.

Yahoo last month introduced oneConnect, which will combine e-mail, instant messaging, text messaging, and social networking on one mobile platform. The company plans to roll out oneConnect, along with onePlace, in the second quarter as part of Yahoo Go 3.0, an all-in-one mobile offering. In addition, Yahoo is planning to release at the same time a new mobile home page.

One of the more impressive features of oneConnect is a socially connected address book, which will allow users to transfer activities from social networks, professional networks, and communities to their address book. For example, users will be able to stay on top of when a contact updates their status or uploads a photo to their profile.

Nokia Unveils ‘Morph’ Concept Mobile Phone + Video

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Nokia Research Center and the University of Cambridge unveiled today – Morph, a joint nanotechnology concept.

The newly developed concept was launched recently alongside the “Design and the Elastic Mind” exhibition, on view from February 24 to May 12, 2008, at The Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Morph is a concept that demonstrates how future mobile devices might be stretchable and flexible, allowing the user to transform their mobile device into radically different shapes. It demonstrates the ultimate functionality that nanotechnology might be capable of delivering: flexible materials, transparent electronics and self-cleaning surfaces.

Dr. Bob Iannucci, Chief Technology Officer, Nokia, commented: “Nokia Research Center is looking at ways to reinvent the form and function of mobile devices; the Morph concept shows what might be possible”.

Dr. Tapani Ryhanen, Head of the NRC Cambridge UK laboratory, Nokia, commented: “We hope that this combination of art and science will showcase the potential of nanoscience to a wider audience. The research we are carrying out is fundamental to this as we seek a safe and controlled way to develop and use new materials.”

Professor Mark Welland, Head of the Department of Engineering’s Nanoscience Group at the University of Cambridge and University Director of Nokia-Cambridge collaboration added: “Developing the Morph concept with Nokia has provided us with a focus that is both artistically inspirational but, more importantly, sets the technology agenda for our joint nanoscience research that will stimulate our future work together.”

The partnership between Nokia and the University of Cambridge was announced in March, 2007 – an agreement to work together on an extensive and long term programme of joint research projects. NRC has established a research facility at the University’s West Cambridge site and collaborates with several departments – initially the Nanoscience Center and Electrical Division of the Engineering Department – on projects that, to begin with, are centered on nanotechnology.

Elements of Morph might be available to integrate into handheld devices within 7 years, though initially only at the high-end. However, nanotechnology may one day lead to low cost manufacturing solutions, and offers the possibility of integrating complex functionality at a low price.

Create games for N-Gage yourself !

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Nokia Games Publishing has just announced its Yamake for N-Gage, a new game that allows users to create their own mini games by adding personalized content. After you’ve created your games, you can play and share them with friends and the Yamake community.

“Yamake is a groundbreaking new game for the N-Gage platform. Players can make, play and share games that are customized using user-generated multimedia content, and we are proud to be pioneering this new way of playing,” said Dr. Mark Ollila, Director of Technology and Strategy and Head of Games Publishing, Nokia. “This is exactly what the future of mobile gaming should be about – creating games that you love and want to play, then sharing them with other players.”

Yamake (somehow coming from “you make your own game”) offers easy-to-use design tools that enable players to transform each mini game with their personal content, including text, images, movies and sound clips. The content can be added from players’ PCs, allowing them to create various unique games, like puzzles or quizzes.

Users can share their personalized mobile games via the N-Gage Arena, the Yamake community or via multimedia messages between N-Gage compatible devices and other S60 handsets. The new Yamake community will connect players with one another, giving them the chance to download and review any mini game, as well as share fresh ideas for content.

Yamake is not available yet, as it doesn’t appear on the N-Gage website, but since it was announced, we should expect to see it pretty soon. Nokia’s N-Gage Arena itself is not properly launched, as the Finnish company has only offered N-Gage First Access until now, a pre-release that allows Nokia N81 users to test the platform and its games (not too many for the moment).

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