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PhoneGap aims to increase development via open source platform

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The mobile industry is abuzz over the news about major mobile platforms releasing their own application store. Developers are working very hard to push their latest projects into the hands of eager mobile users. But what has come apparent within the communities, as far as I know, is the gap between mobile platforms. One company trying to tackle this isssue is PhoneGap.

PhoneGap is an open source development tool under MIT license and proudly sponsored by Nitobi. The product is used for building fast and easy mobile applications using Javascript and HTML, while taking advantage of core features (GPS, sound, accelerometer, vibration) in the iPhone, Android and Blackberry devices.

“The purpose of PhoneGap is for PhoneGap to cease to exist.

Today, mobile development is a mess. Building applications for each device-iPhone, Google Android, Windows Mobile and so forth-requires a different development framework and programming language. As such, phones and other mobile devices have become second class citizens.

We aim to change that by enabling web technologies to work with native device features such as geo-location and accelerometers. In PhoneGap, we’re building a cross-platform framework for device-neutral mobile development.”

Being an open source project, PhoneGap is looking to get ambitious web and mobile developers, along with their respective communities, to help build what can potentially be a powerful tool for full-time developers, part-time developers and hobbyists.

As for why the need for PhoneGap, Ellis, PhoneGap’s founder said, “There are not a lot of Objective-C developers…” Objective-C is a primary language used to develop iPhone and Mac OS applications. “We’re all Web developers here,” Ellis said of Nitobi. “And there are more Web developers than Objective-C developers.”

Do you think PhoneGap could help boost development and the help the industry?

What limitations and benefits can you foresee developing with PhoneGap?

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W3C releases new mobile web standards

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W3C publications can be downloaded in either .PDF or stone tablet.

Let’s face it, unless you’re rocking the BlackBerry Bold, browsing the web on your BlackBerry is usually a frightening experience: things don’t work, page formatting is often weird and some pages are just too damn big to download. Thankfully, the W3C, which develops guidelines for website standards, has published the details of new standards that will make it easier for people to browse the Web on mobile devices, hopefully ensuring that even low-end BlackBerry users won’t be left in the lurch.

Mobile Web Best Practices 1.0 provides steps for content authors to face the challenges of hardware and software diversity, device constraints and bandwidth limitations. In addition, the W3C has also released a XHTML Basic 1.1 Recommendation, providing a convergence in mobile markup languages, including those developed by the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA).

To view both new mobile web standards, head to the World Wide Web Consortium website.

(via Cellular-News)

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BIS upgraded, but OS 4.5 won’t be until September

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BIS 2.5

So, the aforementioned BlackBerry Internet Service upgrade went through this weekend, but word has it that the matching version 4.5 handheld software won’t be available until September. The biggest kick in the teeth here is the lack of HTML email viewing, but those who have smuggled the early betas of the OS onto their BlackBerry will be able to enjoy the feature on BIS. OS 4.5 will bring some other goodies to the table, like native file downloading in a variety of formats (including audio and video) up to 3 MB and document editing. Integration with AOL and Windows Live won’t require the new OS, and is being offered right now with BIS 2.5. For further features of the new BlackBerry Internet Service, check out this knowledgebase article.

(via BGR)

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BIS 2.5 upgrade coming June 28th, with HTML e-mail?

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Rumor has it that a BIS upgrade to version 2.5 will open up rich text e-mail viewing for a number of newer devices. Servers will supposedly be down for BIS users on June 28, from midnight to 8:00 AM while the upgrade is underway. The feature is long overdue, with talks of HTML mail viewing stretching all the way back to WES ‘07 and earlier. Aside from e-mail, the calendar improvements like free/busy calendar lookup and over the air device software upgrades are also on the line for the BIS upgrade. Keep your eye out this weekend for some changes…

(via BGR)

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The Big Kahuna of HTML mail viewing

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After using Empower HTML Mail viewer for awhile, I decided to give BBSmart a shot. It didn’t take long to see why it’s so popular. The image loading in e-mails is quick, the links are well-formatted, and you’ve got some great options for saving templates and turning e-mails into calendar entries or tasks. It’s carrying a beefier pricetag at $24.99, but you certainly get what you pay for. If you’re looking for something a little cheaper and lightweight, Empower is still a solid option.

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Double-Whammy Review: Empower HTML Mail Viewer and InstaSpell

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If there’s one thing folks hate about the BlackBerry e-mail experience, it’s the ridiculously long URLs spanning multiple lines, be they for images or links to sites. That’s why Empower caught our interest back when they were in beta. Since then, they’ve been working hard and have two full products now ready for the downloading. I also had the chance to check out their next app, InstaSpell, which provides an ongoing spell check for those of us not carrying a fancy-pants. BlackBerry 8300.

Full review behind the jump.

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BlackBerry squeaks into top 10 eCommerce developments

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Thumbs upBlackBerry has received tenth place in The Software & Information Industry Association’s Ten Most Significant eCommerce Developments of the Last Decade. Sure, Google took the numero uno spot, but go figure. It’s Google, for crying out loud. The fact that we can put BlackBerrys on the same list as eBay and Amazon in terms of economic significance, while not hugely surprising when you sit back and think about it, still puts the importance of these devices into perspective. Russ at ZDNet notes that you can experience everything on the list shy of iTunes and open standards HTML 4.0 on your BlackBerry, which is quite true. The number seven spot, Wi-Fi, will be coming soon enough. The announcement has this to say about our favourite little handheld:

The BlackBerry makes communication instantaneous, and mobile. A comprehensive communications device creates a new mobile business culture. Giving road warriors the freedom to move to any location and maintain connectivity increases cooperation and efficiency. By having the web in the palm of your hand, Internet connected devices enable ecommerce anywhere, anytime.

You have to wonder, though… what did BlackBerry nudge down to 11th. place?

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Free HTML e-mail on your BlackBerry

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Empower is a software suite that’s still in its testing phase, but is showing a lot of promise. Right now, their beta e-mail viewer is available for free and seamlessly enables HTML in the default BlackBerry OS mail browser. Two other projects still in alpha from these guys are a folder-based file system as well as a spell check for anyone using OS 4.0.2 or higher. BlackBerrySmart has recently been released and looks a little more polished, but I’m not sure if I’d pay $25 for something that does roughly the same for free. The Empower HTML Mail Viewer’s a quick OTA download, so check it out.

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