Nokia and Sony Ericsson align Symbian tools

Nokia and Sony Ericsson will make it possible for software developers to use a single tool to create applications that will run...

Nokia and Sony Ericsson will make it possible for software developers to use a single tool to create applications that will run on phones from both vendors.

Unified toolsets to create software for both Nokia's Series 60 and the UIQ platform used by Sony Ericsson will be available from the second quarter of this year. Nokia and Sony Ericsson hoped the move would spur an increase in applications for mobile phones.

Both Nokia's Series 60 and UIQ from UIQ Technology are based on Symbian operating system. However, developers use Visual C++ tools to create programs for Nokia's Series 60 framework, while MetroWerks' CodeWarrior is used to build applications for UIQ.

Nokia and Sony Ericsson have also been looking at offering a common certification programme for Symbian applications, allowing developers to test, certify and sign applications for Symbian-based phones.

Developers who want to port existing applications to run on the Symbian operating system will also get extra help. Nokia and Sony Ericsson will offer improved tools, documentation and guidelines.

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