Openwave Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: OPWV), the worldwide leader of open IP-based communication infrastructure software and applications, today announced its strategy to promote the growth of the mobile Internet and provide an evolutionary software development environment with the introduction of three new developer tools supporting the Openwave(tm_ Mobile Browser, which is in over 100 million shipped handsets. The new tools include Openwave SDK WAP Edition 5.0, Openwave' SDK 5.1 Preview and Openwave Usability Interface -- all are designed to support the GSM Association's Mobile Services (M-Services) initiative. The new software developer tools are open and standards-based and are all designed to help simplify the development process and reduce overall costs.
Openwave SDK WAP Edition 5.0 features an integrated development environment (IDE), providing developers a complete set of tools to create, test, and debug content for today's M-Services devices, featuring a graphical user interface (GUI) and downloadable content. A language sensitive editor minimizes the time it takes to create and validate new content, while the simulator gives developers the most faithful reproduction of the actual user environment as possible and is based on phones such as the recently released Siemens S45 with GPRS and GUI support.
Openwave SDK 5.1 Preview extends SDK WAP Edition 5.0 with support for XHTML Mobile Profile and Cascading Style Sheet (CSS) technology. Developers can use Openwave SDK 5.1 Preview today to experiment with application development for the next generation of converged standards -- including the anticipated WAP 2.0 specification.
Openwave Usability Interface is designed to allow developers to write once and have content dynamically optimized at runtime for Openwave and Nokia browsers. Openwave Usability Interface includes a choice of programming front-ends -- Java, WML-based tags, and XHTML-based tags -- providing flexibility and preserving developers' existing programming environments.
Through Openwave Usability Interface's translation capabilities, developers can write applications using XHTML-based tags and display those applications on today's WML-based browsers. This capability minimizes the number of markup languages that need to be supported in parallel and eases the transition to XHTML Mobile Profile and WAP 2.0.
"Openwave Usability Interface has enabled our company to reduce our overall development time by eliminating the need to write separate branches of code for different browsers. This developer tool targets browsers implemented in the majority of handsets in the market today and provides a migration path so that our application can be easily optimized for future XHTML handsets," said Roberto Buzzatti, director of Beshocked S.p.A. "We believe Openwave Usability Interface is a great tool for developers to overcome existing mobile interoperability issues, while reducing our overall developer costs."
"We are pleased to offer developers a capable and high leverage tool suite, which has been designed to enable developers to create intuitive applications that are optimized for the Openwave Mobile Browser, commercially shipping in mobile phones from Alcatel, Motorola, Panasonic, Philips, Sagem, Samsung, Siemens, Telit and other vendors," said Nigel Oakley, director of regional marketing for Openwave.
"Openwave is committed to offering developers the right tools, such as Openwave SDK WAP Edition 5.0, to create compelling GUI-based applications for M-Services devices," said Luca Passani, technical product manager at Openwave. "Openwave provides an evolutionary development environment and M-Services provides a framework where operators and developers can develop a business relationship, leverage the content, and help drive subscriber adoption."
Openwave SDK WAP Edition 5.0, Openwave SDK 5.1 Preview, and Openwave Usability Interface are available free of charge at http://developer.openwave.com.
In addition to tools, Openwave fosters a thriving global developer community through a variety of programs. Technical support for the new SDK can be found on the Web at http://developer.openwave.com, and services are available in Chinese, Japanese, and English. European developers can find up-to-date information on industry issues and development techniques through the Openwave developer ezine, WMLPulse Europe, located at http://wmlpulse-europe.openwave.com/. Openwave recently added an advanced discussion forum technology to the Openwave developer Web site. Open to all Openwave developers, the forum contains multiple on-line discussion groups moderated by Openwave's developer support staff where developers can discuss industry issues and share tips and tricks for mobile Internet development. The new discussion forum can be found on the Web at http://developer.openwave.com/support/index.html. Openwave regularly showcases innovative mobile applications in the Openwave Wireless Application Showcase at http://www.openwave.com/alliances/developer/showcase/current/.