Symbian targets web developers with new mobile app tools

The Symbian Foundation announced the introduction of a new application development solution promising any web developer the tools to create mobile software by applying their existing HTML, CSS and JavaScript expertise. According to Symbian, the new web runtime tools provide support for functions like mobile-specific application preview, debugging and deployment, while giving developers direct access to device capabilities including contacts, camera, accelerometers and location. Symbian adds the new tools are available across major platforms including Windows, Mac and Linux; click here to download.

Earlier this week, Nokia announced the pending release of its N8 smartphone, the first device powered by the open-source Symbian^3 platform. According to Nokia, the N8--due to hit retail in Q3--emphasizes digital content and social networking: Features include tools to create and edit HD-quality video, access to news and entertainment programming from partners like CNN, E! Entertainment, Paramount and National Geographic, and homescreen integration with Facebook and Twitter. The N8 also arrives preloaded with free global Ovi Maps walk and drive navigation. The Symbian Foundation promises that the N8 takes full advantage of the S^3 platform, complete with multiple, personalized home screens, usability enhancements like single tap and multi-touch gesture support, a faster and more responsive user interface and upgraded memory management, supporting improved multi-tasking.

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