Nokia Plug-Ins Extend Content To Its Phones
If anyone was in any doubt that competition in the mobile web market is really beginning to heat-up, then yesterday’s release of three new widgets by Nokia (news, site) that will convert web code and scripts created on PCs into mobile applications will fix that.

Possibly concerned that it might be losing out in the battle to win the hearts -- and pockets -- of a market that is increasingly looking to the mobile web, Nokia is hoping these widgets will attract web developers to extend content to the Nokia platform.

Extending Content To Mobiles

As the move towards developing mobile content continues, phone companies are finding themselves in a position where their phones are not suitable for using content created on PCs.

And the less widgets, it would seem, the smaller your market share. With this in mind Nokia has released three tools to encourage more developers to, well to make more widgets for them.

Nokia's release of Web RunTime (WRT) widget creation tools for Adobe Dreamweaver, Microsoft Visual Studio and Aptana Studio will -- combined -- enable the production of feature-rich mobile content using existing HTML, CSS, JavaScript and Ajax code.

The goal is to enable developers to easily extend their content to mobile platforms through widget apps and add, ultimately, their creation to their newly launched online applications store, Ovi Store.

Each of the new plug-ins gives developers the tools to create and import widgets, preview them, debug them and release them market wide.

"These new Nokia WRT tools open up the mobile market to Web developers and creative professionals worldwide who work every day in these widely used development environments to create Web applications and content," Craig Cumberland, director of WRT tools and technologies for Nokia, said in a statement.

Three New Nokia Plug-Ins

So what do these plug-ins do?

  • Nokia WRT Plug-in for Visual Studio enables developers to work in Microsoft Visual Studio. It also enables the widgets to be imported or new projects to be created easily. With this plug-in, developers also get a WRTKit library with images and JavaScript code for visual presentation.
  • Adobe Dreamweaver Plug-In, adds features that enables developers work in Dreamweaver . It too allows existing WRT widget projects to be imported or new projects to be created easily. Widgets can be debugged in Firefox using Firebug.
  • Aptana Studio Plug-In is a tool designed to make working with standard web technologies easy. It adds features that enable the creation and testing of widgets for all Nokia S60 devices that support WRT. Developers can write AJAX and Javascript applications for devices that can access features on the phone.

In the case of all three plug-ins no previous experience with Nokia software development is required.

That Nokia has serious ambition with the plug-ins is demonstrated by the fact that within the next month, the Dreamweaver and Visual Studio plug-ins will be localized.

The tools will be available in eight languages, including traditional and simplified Chinese, English, Germany, Japanese, Korean, Russian and Spanish for developers around the world.