10/11/2005 - UIQ Technology released the first public version of the Software Development Kit (SDK) for UIQ 3, its latest version of the software platform, based on Symbian OS. At the same time, Sony Ericsson announced its latest contribution to the smartphone evolution, the Sony Ericsson P990, which will be the first UIQ 3 based mobile phone coming to market. Software developers around the world can now start creating new, innovative applications for the next generation smartphone.
The recently launched UIQ 3 platform is an open software platform, based on Symbian OS, allowing developers to potentially target all UIQ 3 based phones from different manufacturers, using one single codeline. Applications will automatically receive the look and feel of the device they run on without the need for the developer to write extra code for it. Updates and bug fixes will be identical for all target platforms, and only one code update is needed to propagate it to all UIQ 3 based handsets. Developers will benefit from shorter time-to-market since code written for UIQ 3 will be identical through all handsets, unless device specific features have been used.
Manufacturer specific extensions and application programming interfaces (APIís) can be added to UIQ 3, allowing developers to take advantage of special features, to optimize their applications for specific phones in order to improve interaction and to use the full potential of the phone.
The Sony Ericsson P990 is the first smartphone to utilize the new UIQ 3 platform. Built on Symbian OS v9.1, the P990 is based on the same proven concept and recognizable form factor as previous Sony Ericsson smartphones, allowing developers to create powerful, touch screen-based applications in C++, or in JavaTM for both flip open and flip closed modes. UIQ 3 is a flexible software platform that provides a unique opportunity for code-reuse in application development.
Developers are encouraged to register with the new UIQ Developer Program, also announced, at developer.uiq.com to find more detailed documentation such as a getting started tutorial and participate in the first UIQ 3 discussion forum. On October 26, 2005, the first public beta release of the UIQ 3 SDK will be available for download from the UIQ Developer Program portal.
Sony Ericsson specific extensions and beta APIís will be available from Sony Ericsson Developer World at www.SonyEricsson.com/developer during Q4 2005. The extension package will include the Sony Ericsson specific Vibration API and Bluetooth Keyboard API as well as emulator components such as fonts and skins.
UIQ Technology and Sony Ericsson both participate in the Symbian Smartphone Show 2005 on 11-12 October at the ExCeL Centre in London. You will find UIQ Technology in booth number 40, where you can sign up for the new UIQ Developer Program. The first 500 to do so will receive a CD containing a limited preview edition of the UIQ 3 SDK. Sony Ericsson is headline sponsor of the show and can be found demonstrating the smartphone evolution and offering Tech Support Live! to developers in booth number 124.
About UIQ Technology
UIQ Technology develops and licenses an open software platform to the world's leading mobile phone manufacturers and supports licensees in the drive towards developing a mass market for open mobile phones. UIQ based phones are powerful and give access to enterprise applications, email, multimedia clips and web pages. UIQ is for example used in mobile phones from Sony Ericsson, Motorola, BenQ and Arima. UIQ Technology, established 1999 in Sweden, is a fully owned subsidiary of Symbian Ltd.
About Sony Ericsson
Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB serves the global communications market with innovative and feature-rich mobile phones, accessories, PC-cards and M2M solutions. Established as a joint venture by Ericsson and Sony in 2001, with head quarters in London, the company employs 5,000 people worldwide, including R&D sites in Europe, Japan, China and America.
Sony Ericsson Developer World is a global support program and web portal totally dedicated to helping serious, wireless developers achieve business success by providing the documentation, tools, training, technical and go-to-market support they need in their development process. Sony Ericsson Developer World helps developers get on the fast track from mind to market, thereby ensuring that a constant stream of fun, useful and innovative content and applications is available for Sony Ericsson phones.
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