Nokia is introducing widget support for S60, its flavour of Symbian based smartphones. S60 will enable the creation of widgets using familiar standards-based Web technologies.
The software will be available to all S60 licensees, and the company believe widget support enhances the Internet experience on a mobile by bringing a personal Web experience to a personal device.
Widgets allow people to personalize Internet content into lightweight Web applications and stay current with information brought to the them through those mini application. Nokia points out that while widgets have been available on PCs for some time, they bring particular advantages to mobile devices, as mobiles are highly personal and among the few items that users always carry with them.
Web Run-Time offers numerous possibilities for Web application development. As the Web Run-Time is built with standard Web technologies, developers can create new widgets and also migrate existing widgets from the desktop to S60 with minimal effort. In the future, widgets will benefit from connecting both to Web 2.0 services, Web content and to the core applications and capabilities of S60, such as phonebook, calendar and GPS.
Web Run-Time and widget support will be available to S60 licensees as part of the S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 2. Tools, documentation and a software developer kit for widget development will be made available via Forum Nokia during the third quarter 2007. Widgets will be distributed to users through several channels, one of which is WidSets, a popular consumer Internet service, which allows users to personalize their mobile Internet experience.