Forget Mobile OS and Fight Over The Runtimes

Both Russell and I wrote last week about the tussle between native mobile apps and mobile web apps. I posited that we’re nearing a point in which the “best” mobile devices (from a development viewpoint) will be the ones with the best and most powerful browsers, rather than the ones with the best operating system. I should qualify that to mean devices/platforms with the best browser, and the best internet runtime support.

To that end, a couple of announcements today:

Microsoft Silverlight to come to S60. Rafe from All About Symbian says “The Silverlight announcement further burnishes S60’s run time credentials. S60 runtimes now include Open C (with Qt for UI components coming soon), Python, Ruby (early stages), .NET (RedFiveLabs), Flash Lite, Silverlight, JME (Java), and Web Run Time (WRT).”

Shifting Google Gears to mobile (viaIntoMobile). “Ever use a mobile web application and suddenly lose your cell connection? That’s happened to me many times. If you’ve shared my pain, you’ll be excited to know that we’ve launched Google Gears for mobile, which lets users access Gears-enabled mobile web apps offline. Initially available for Internet Explorer Mobile on Windows Mobile 5 and 6 devices, mobile web app developers have already started integrating Gears for mobile into their online services.”

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