SOURCE: Symbian



July 19, 2010 09:00 ET

Symbian and Nitobi Simplify Cross-Platform Mobile App Development

Symbian's Web Application Development Tools and Nitobi's PhoneGap Framework Make It Easy to Create Mobile Apps for Any Device

PORTLAND, OR--(Marketwire - July 19, 2010) -  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.

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.

The new tools can be accessed at

"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.

About Symbian

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 and

About Nitobi Inc.

Nitobi Inc. ( uses the latest in web technology -- JavaScript, Flash, Flex, Ruby, .NET and AIR -- to create rich Internet and mobile applications that keep users engaged, active and coming back for more. Clients include some of the largest firms in the world such as NASA, Bank of America, Time Warner, and Tyco. Nitobi's suite of Ajax-powered UI components, called CompleteUI, is used by thousands of developers all over the globe.

Nitobi is also the creator of PhoneGap (, an open source development tool for building fast, easy, cross-platform mobile apps with HTML and JavaScript that still take advantage of the core features in the iPhone, Google, Android, Palm, Symbian and Blackberry SDKs. Since winning the Web 2.0 Expo LaunchPad competition in 2009, PhoneGap has been widely recognized as a game-changer for mobile app development. The open source code has been downloaded more than 250,000 times and apps built using PhoneGap are available in mobile app stores and directories.

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