Web services giant AOL announced the AOL Open Mobile Platform, promising developers ready access to the tools and source code necessary to create and distribute applications across mobile device platforms and operating systems including Windows Mobile, Symbian, BREW, Java and Linux. Scheduled for release this summer, AOL Open Mobile Platform is based on proprietary AOL technology embedded on 150 different handsets now available to U.S. subscribers--the platform will comprise an XML-based, next-generation markup language, an ultra-lightweight mobile device client and an application server, with a dynamic presentation layer enabling more efficient feature deployment. According to AOL, developers may also integrate applications built via the new platform with third-party APIs as well as AIM, AOL Mail, AOL Video, MapQuest, Userplane, Truveo and Winamp. AOL's Platform-A ad network division will serve clickable banner ads, giving developers a chance to monetize their applications.
AOL fine-tunes mobile strategy