Feeds

Unlocks all round! Orange frees SPV developers

And what do we have here? A developer programme...

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Next gen security for virtualised datacentres

Several months after creating a storm by - effectively - locking developers out of its SPV smartphone, Orange has relented, and is offering an unlock procedure. Orange had muffed the SPV developement issue quite heroically by deciding that all applications running on the beast needed to be signed, without first figuring out a route whereby developers could get them signed. But the latest system seems to provide at least some the answers.

The unlocking process is intended for developers only, although there does not appear to be any screening, and according to Paul O'Brian from MoDaCo, the process is available to anyone. You can get at that here, but it doesn't necessarily get you anywhere without your getting involved in the 'official' Orange developer programme. We'll leave potential refuseniks to figure out the viability of using an 'unlock/lock' routine as a mechanism to circumvent the Orange developer programme - maybe, maybe not.

The programme itself, which has just made it within the promised Q1 schedule, could possibly turn out to be OK. The how-to outlines the process, which involves unlocking, developing, then submitting the developed app to the Orange store, via orange@handango.com. "At this stage, Handango will assess your application against commercial and technical criteria. Contractual terms and conditions will be discussed and agreed between you and Handango once the application has met the set criteria."

That's the stage where it will be possible to assess whether or not Orange's approach to development is working, and it will depend on what is going to be accepted and why, what it's going to cost you, and how efficiently the process is going to run. Orange has perhaps left kicking the developer process into action just a little bit late, but it has version 2, the SPV X out shortly, so the company had it planned this way all along. ®

Related stories

Orange, not MS, is SPV smartphone app-breaker in chief
Orange plans SPV bugfixes, and developer info for Q1

Next gen security for virtualised datacentres

More from The Register

next story
6 Obvious Reasons Why Facebook Will Ban This Article (Thank God)
Clampdown on clickbait ... and El Reg is OK with this
So, Apple won't sell cheap kit? Prepare the iOS garden wall WRECKING BALL
It can throw the low cost race if it looks to the cloud
EE fails to apologise for HUGE T-Mobile outage that hit Brits on Friday
Customer: 'Please change your name to occasionally somewhere'
Time Warner Cable customers SQUEAL as US network goes offline
A rude awakening: North Americans greeted with outage drama
We need less U.S. in our WWW – Euro digital chief Steelie Neelie
EC moves to shift status quo at Internet Governance Forum
BT customers face broadband and landline price hikes
Poor punters won't be affected, telecoms giant claims
prev story

Whitepapers

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup
IT departments are embracing cloud backup, but there’s a lot you need to know before choosing a service provider. Learn all the critical things you need to know.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Backing up Big Data
Solving backup challenges and “protect everything from everywhere,” as we move into the era of big data management and the adoption of BYOD.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?