Feeds

OMTP says mobile Web 2.0 is a beach

Now to get everyone to agree what that means

The Power of One Infographic

Operator talking shop the Open Mobile Terminal Alliance has embarked on an ambitious plan to bring Web 2.0 to mobile phones, called Bondi to reflect the joy of surfing.

There is general agreement that AJAX-style applications would be a good thing on a mobile phone, both in terms of applications embedded in web pages and widgets embedded in the phone interface, but deciding what such applications should be allowed to do is more difficult.

Apple's iPhone ran into this problem when Steve announced that there would be no native applications, since AJAX could do anything an application could want. The problem is that mobile phone applications want to make phone calls, send text messages, check location information and integrate with other applications. But all of these things are prevented by the sandbox that protects users from malicious content.

So the iPhone will get native applications in addition to AJAX ones, but the OMTP reckons there can be a middle ground. Standard APIs will allow scripts access to phone functions, but not all scripts will be made equal.

Identifying which script should be allowed and which kept from accessing the phone is the tricky bit. Digitally signing scripts is possible, but requires secure certificate distribution and management - a process at which the mobile industry has proved remarkably inept.

Yesterday saw the first meeting of the Bondi working group, who will be deciding how much freedom is too much for untrusted applications, and how to identify those applications that deserve a little more trust. Apparently digital signitures will be on the agenda, but accompanied by the domain listing approach, where access to the APIs is restricted to scripts loaded from known sites.

Domain listing will appeal to the operators who make up the OMTP membership: though much less secure than digital signatures it's very simple to implement and gives complete control to the network operator.

The working group won't be publishing the first version of Bondi until the Autumn, although more details should emerge in the next month or two, and in proper OMTP style it already has a logo. ®

The Power of One Infographic

More from The Register

next story
Major problems beset UK ISP filth filters: But it's OK, nobody uses them
It's almost as though pr0n was actually rather popular
Microsoft unsheathes cheap Android-killer: Behold, the Lumia 530
Say it with us: I'm King of the Landfill-ill-ill-ill
Auntie remains MYSTIFIED by that weekend BBC iPlayer and website outage
Still doing 'forensics' on the caching layer – Beeb digi wonk
All those new '5G standards'? Here's the science they rely on
Radio professor tells us how wireless will get faster in the real world
Apple orders huge MOUNTAIN of 80 MILLION 'Air' iPhone 6s
Bigger, harder trouser bulges foretold for fanbois
Oh girl, you jus' didn't: Level 3 slaps Verizon in Netflix throttle blowup
Just hook us up to more 10Gbps ports, backbone biz yells in tit-for-tat spat
GoTenna: How does this 'magic' work?
An ideal product if you believe the Earth is flat
Telstra to KILL 2G network by end of 2016
GSM now stands for Grave-Seeking-Mobile network
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Prevent sensitive data leakage over insecure channels or stolen mobile devices.
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.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.