The State Of MeeGo – An Update From the MeeGo Developer Day

The big Nokia World annual conference wrapped up today in London. There were a lot of great announcements; for developers there’s a new Qt SDK for Symbian and S40 and  code signing is now free for Java and native apps There are new versions of Ovi Maps and the Ovi Store for Symbian^3 phones. The Ovi Store now has in-app puchasing.  On the hardware side, six bluetooth headsets, a charging plate, a new Touch and Type S40 phone and three … Continue reading

Opera Mini, Bolt and UC Browser On Bada Phones!

Samsung’s Dolfin browser on the Wave bada phone is a good one  in most respects. It loads pages quickly,  has excellent JavaScript performance and supports geo-location and many HTML5 features. But I found it unusable with many desktop sites because the fonts are too small to read at the zoom level where text columns fit the screen. When you zoom in text doesn’t reflow and you have to scroll horizontally to read which I find intolerable. Thanks to a reader … Continue reading

Samsung Wooing Bada Developers With Cash, Free Tools, Devices And App Certification

I attended a Samsung Bada Developer Day in San Francisco yesterday. The event, part of a 35 city world tour, was a sold out full house with over 200 attendees. bada (Korean for “ocean”) is Samsung’s new smartphone platform. Native bada development is done in C++.  The bada IDE for native app development is Eclipse based and is currently Windows only with Apple OS X coming soon.  It includes an emulator  and supports on device debuggging.  The SDK ships with … Continue reading

Motorola launches Widgets and Mobile Linux SDK

Not to be outdone by Access, Motorola held their own developer event, MotoDev Workshop, at LinuxWorld today. It was much better attended than the Access get together with a SRO crowd of about 100 people. It probably helped that Motorola made the event free at the last minute (vs the advertised $95), included lunch and had signs up all over Moscone Center promoting the Workshop. There were a couple of significant announcements. The long promised, oft delayed SDK for native … Continue reading

Access Linux Platform

Access held a “Developer Day” at LinuxWorld yesterday to demonstrate Access Linux Platform (ALP) and it’s associated toolset. Access is  best known for the NetFront full-web mobile browser and for purchasing PalmSource, including the Palm Garnet OS three years ago.  ALP is Access’ Linux based mobile OS which is meant to succeed Garnet as a general purpose operating system for smartphones and MIDs.  I attended several of the Developer Day sessions to see what I could find out about ALP. … Continue reading