Intel have released the beta of their Atom Developer Program Software Development Kit (SDK), last discussed back in September, to allow Windows and Moblin developers to create (or port) applications and potentially monetize them with distribution on upcoming Atom-based netbooks. Software must be validated and approved by Intel, and paid-for apps are expected to be released in 2010.
Nokia have pushed Qt 4.6 out of the door, complete with support for multitouch and gestures, a new Animation Framework, and a new OpenGL paint engine. The app and UI framework also gains compatibility with a broader range of platforms, including Windows 7, OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, Symbian and Maemo 6. Meanwhile Maemo 5 support continues to develop, with Nokia releasing a second technology preview today.
Samsung have confirmed the launch of their new bada mobile app platform SDK. According to an invitation that went out today, the company will detail bada at an event in London on December 8th; there, Samsung are expected to give further details on how their cross-platform software environment will work for developers and devices.
We may be giving Sony Ericsson a darn good scolding on the one hand for their XPERIA X10 hijinks, but we're a little more interested by their new WebSDK for Android and Symbian Foundation devices. The Sony Ericsson WebSDK promises a metaphorical hand-holding for developers hoping to have their wares nestle up against the company's own apps, whether that be on the XPERIA X10 or the SE Satio. It's called Nexus, seemingly the official title for the UX platform Sony Ericsson were talking about with regards the X10.
Intel have kicked off their latest attempt to get developers coding especially for netbooks, in the shape of the Atom Processor Developer Program. Aimed at optimizing software to take advantage of the generally smaller screen size of netbooks - and likely their lower-powered hardware, too - Intel are pushing Microsoft's Silverlight as a broadly-deployable underlying platform.
TouchWiz wasn't the greatest. TouchWiz 2.0 was a huge leap in the right direction. But there was always going to be something holding back Samsung from taking any steps forward in the mobile marketplace, and it had nothing to do with proprietary software on their phones. They lacked what everyone else and their second-cousin has: a way to get first- and third-party developed applications onto their phones. Well, it looks like that's about to change.
We've mentioned Microsoft's OneApp before, as a cursory statement regarding trademarks, but now Microsoft has gone ahead and announced just exactly what we should expect. And it looks like they're trying to hit a home run. Instead of keeping their road map to their Windows Mobile platform, they're opening their doors (or maybe breaking them down) and offering the OneApp service for featurephones. That's right.
We've never particularly hidden our apathy toward Samsung's TouchWiz UI, nor our feeling that it's not quite as usable in its standard form as rival systems from HTC and others. However all that could change now that Samsung have released the Mobile Widget SDK for TouchWiz, allowing developers to create their own desktop gadgets for not only the Windows Mobile version of the UI but the company's own proprietary OS.
In doing so, in one fell sweep Samsung have enabled application compatibility across their range. That's no small matter, given the number of devices Samsung release - not to mention the countries those handsets are launched in - with TouchWiz giving developers a single platform to code for rather than having to deal with Samsung's various WinMo, S60 and proprietary OSes.
Back when we reviewed the MiFi 2352 in June, one of the aspects of the "intelligent personal hotspot" we were left most excited about was the prospect of an open API and the potential for web-connected applications to run on the 3G/WiFi device's secondary app processor. Now Novatel Wireless have announced the launch of the MiFi developer program, and with it the release of the MiFi Web server Common Gateway Interface (CGI): everything web-savvy developers should need to start coding for the battery-powered router.