At the ‘Mobilize 2010’ conference in San Francisco on Friday the 1st, Orange announced its “Open Source Mobile Widget Platform” that is now available to the mobile industry. The Open Source Mobile Widget Platform is a technology developed by Orange Labs that enables web-based mobile apps to be developed for all mobile devices, ranging from the lowest to the highest form factors All telephone manufacturers, integrators, developers and operators can access the technology on http://github.com/osmwp in the coming weeks.
the Open Source Mobile Widget Platform includes:
- a ‘widget reader’, already integrated into millions of Orange mobiles throughout the world
- server technology that enables management of a catalogue of widgets
- tools for creating widgets, documentation and examples of code
By giving the mobile industry free use of this technology, Orange intends to shake up the market, creating additional opportunities for developers and content publishers. Orange would also like to enable developers and content publishers to engage with more mobile customers and help put the mobile internet within everyone’s reach.
This initiative is a demonstration of Orange’s commitment to a more open world, launching a product which itself relies on the Open Source Mobile Widget Platform. Orange Widgets function on the most basic terminals and have been especially designed to reach the widest possible range of mobiles. Already available to Orange customers since 2009, the widgets help Smartphone and feature phone users enjoy the best of internet services in a graphic, fun, simple and connected form. To further enrich the Orange Widgets catalogue for the benefit of its users, Orange partnered with Netvibes in early 2010.
Orange has worked with a number of partners and developers through its Orange Partner programme since 2004 of which Symbiotic is subscribed to. Orange was also one of the first operators to publish its API’s, making them available to developers from 2008 onwards to create value added services for customers.