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UI: Samsung opens TouchWiz Widgets Interface to Developers and Users
Posted by Arne Hess - on Monday, 17.08.09 - 11:52:56 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News - Viewed 16526x
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From today, widgets and mobile developers were able for the first time to gain access to the newest Samsung Mobile Innovator (SMI) portal dedicated to TouchWiz widget technology.
The Samsung Mobile Innovator Widget portal will allow developers to author widgets which are optimized to run on Samsung's advanced TouchWiz UI (which is also used on the Samsung Omnia II but not yet used on the Samsung Galaxy). As touch becomes more popular you can find this interface on increasingly more devices across the entire Samsung portfolio, whether they are built on Windows Mobile, Symbian or Samsung's own proprietary system which drives Samsung's feature-phones.

The rapid development and a consistent experience across all Samsung smartphone and feature-phone devices are just two of the benefits Samsung hopes to deliver with today's launch of the Samsung Mobile Innovator Widget Section.

Unlike complex native languages, widget development utilizes the comparably simple web authoring technologies HTML, JavaScript and CSS. Once developed they can be run on any Samsung device running the TouchWiz UI, and indeed, with some minor adjustments any platform or device featuring a web run-time engine. This could be a mobile device from another manufacturer, a PC or even an appliance such as a Samsung Series-7 television.

If you are a developer, you can download Samsung Mobile Widget SDK, a development environment, which is based on the Eclipse platform, and is designed to help you develop widgets for Samsung mobile devices running the Samsung TouchWiz UI interface. Furthermore, the Widget Test Page will provide a well documented online interface to upload and download widgets. A developer might publish his/her widgets (making them available to the public with or without charge).

Samsung hasn't yet announced how self-developed Widgets will be distributed but most likely they will be distributed through the TouchWiz interface on the mobile phone which already allows to download additional Widgets from Samsung.

Cheers ~ Arne

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