Nokia, Sony Ericsson align Symbian tools

Nokia and Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications will make it possible for software developers to use a single tool to create applications that will run on phones from both vendors, the companies said Monday.

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. Nokia and Sony Ericsson hope the move will spur an increase in applications for mobile phones, they said in a statement Monday.

Both Nokia's Series 60 and UIQ from UIQ Technology AB are based on Symbian Ltd.'s operating system. However, developers today use Visual C++ tools to create programs for Nokia's Series 60 framework, while 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 for Symbian-based phones, Nokia and Sony Ericsson said.

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, they said.

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