Smartphone platform provider Symbian Foundation is joining forces with mobile framework builder Nitobi in an effort to simplify application development for Symbian devices.
The two organisations will today flesh out the integration of Symbian's Web application-building tools with Nitobi's PhoneGap cross-platform framework for mobile application development.
Nitobi also will contribute PhoneGap to the Symbian Web Runtime, to be included in a Web extension package to the Symbian 3 platform.
The arrangement makes it easier to use the PhoneGap runtime on Symbian phones, said Paul Beusterien, head of Symbian Development Tools.
The integration makes it easier to attract developers to the Symbian platform, Beusterien said. Developers, for example, could take a PhoneGap application and more easily bring that to Symbian, he said.
Symbian's Web development tools can be accessed at Symbian's developer site. The Symbian open source platform was seeded by Nokia and now has other contributors, Beusterien said.
The Symbian-Nitobi alliance is being announced at the O'Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON) in Portland, Ore.