With ten years of experience in Symbian C++, the team at Fleasome believe they have a better way to create Symbian C++ applications with FleaC. FleaC offers a simplified API for many key Symbian C++ features and claims to improve developer productivity by up to fifty per cent.
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The Nokia WRT Plug-in for Aptana Studio was first released earlier this year. The current version includes support for the WRT 1.0 API and previewing full screen widgets. The next version builds on solid foundations to add support for the Platform Services API and Nokia N97 home screen widget previewing.
Betavine, the Vodafone mobile developer site, is currently running a web widget competition. For once a mobile development competition is truly open to any developer; no special tools (beyond those supplied free by Betavine) or signing is required.
The Nokia Developer Summit, being held in Monaco at the end of this month, is the first event that brings all aspects of development for Nokia devices together. Srikanth Raju, head of marketing for Forum Nokia, offers some insight.
Ovi store is expected to launch in a few weeks, ahead of the release of the Nokia N97, and become available on millions of existing S60 and Series 40 devices from Nokia. I caught up with Eric John, Director of Media Product Marketing for Nokia Services, to discuss the developer proposition offered by Ovi store.
As we rapidly approach the formal opening of the Symbian Foundation, I caught up with Thibaut Rouffineau, Head of Community and Program at Symbian Foundation, to discuss the challenges and opportunities in setting-up to support developers and the role of academia in the software industry.
The sad state of Download! has been a topic of discussion in Symbian S60 circles for quite some time. Other consumer device platforms from Nintendo's Wii to Apple's iPhone have managed to show how successful software and content download shops can be if they're easy to use, so why can't this happen on Nokia's Symbian devices? We've taken a look at the latest version of Download! on S60 5th Edition, on the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic, to see if it's any improvement...
Nokia's Download! service is a built-in app shop on most S60 handsets, and represents a potentially brilliant way to get S60 software to S60 users, increase sales of Nokia phones and generally make a lot of money for all concerned. Unfortunately Download! is a really badly organised shop with a very poor choice of software, and the phrase "massive wasted opportunity" hangs over it. Will a third party now take up this opportunity and offer a proper app shop?
Until now commercial software has generally been based around the traditional business model of selling a product directly to the user. Piracy is seen as a threat to this business model, and many commercial publishers have responded to this with various kinds of DRM, but are there alternatives to the model which could make piracy irrelevant? All About Symbian takes a look at some candidates...
You've written your Killer App, now it's a matter of selling it. But at what cost? Ewan thinks about the issue of pricing games and applications in the modern world. In response Steve points out the true cost of gaming and argues that purchase price is almost irrelevant.