Nokia and Sony Ericsson are to make it possible for software developers to use a single tool to create applications that will run on mobile phones from both vendors.
From the second quarter of this year, unified toolsets to create software for both Nokia’s Series 60 and the UIQ platform used by Sony Ericsson will be available. The companies hope the move will spur an increase in applications for mobile phones.
Both Nokia’s Series 60 and UIQ are based on a Symbian operating system. However, developers currently use Visual C++ tools to create Series 60 programs. MetroWerks’ CodeWarrior is used to build applications for UIQ.
In addition to the common development platform, Nokia and Sony Ericsson are looking at offering a common certification program for Symbian applications. The program is to allow developers to test, certify and sign applications.
Developers who want to port existing applications to run on the Symbian operating system will also be offered improved tools, documentation and guidelines by the vendors.