Feeds

WAC wiki creates Waikiki

It asks developers to comment on draft APIs

Build a business case: developing custom apps

The Wireless Application Community has published draft specifications for WAC widgets, and is seeking comment from the developer community it so desperately needs to attract.

The specifications are very clearly marked as being draft, with dire warnings against building phones based on the spec, but the idea of the Waikiki is that developers or other interested parties can publicly comment on the proposed API controlling everything from camera and orientation sensors to the widget lifestyle itself.

In WAC terminology, a widget is an application that happens to have been developed using AJAX technologies, so the APIs are JavaScript-based. The WAC will sign widgets that need access to local resources, and distribute them through a warehousing model - local mobile operators run app stores stocked from the WAC warehouse, with anyone else welcome to join the party.

It's a perfectly reasonable model, though few people have leapt to join up just yet. The WAC is backed by the mobile operators, notably Vodafone and China Mobile - the world's largest by revenue and subscribers respectively, but also by a host of others who see the WAC as their last, best, hope of wresting back some control (and associated revenue) from Apple and Google.

The biggest problem facing the WAC will be trying to get the different operators to agree on anything, and within a decent time-scale. Mobile operators are terribly conservative, and gathering them together tends to emphasise that.

Samsung has expressed support, claiming that the WAC complements its Bada platform - but Samsung will declare undying love for anyone with a chequebook. Bada applications will compete directly with WAC widgets, assuming the former lasts long enough for the latter to get established.

WAC needs network operators to put pressure on handset manufacturers to include a WAC client, but before that can happen, someone needs to write a WAC client for the more-popular mobile OSs, which can't happen until the specifications have been nailed down - which is where we come in. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
UK fuzz want PINCODES on ALL mobile phones
Met Police calls for mandatory passwords on all new mobes
Don't call it throttling: Ericsson 'priority' tech gives users their own slice of spectrum
Actually it's a nifty trick - at least you'll pay for what you get
Three floats Jolla in Hong Kong: Says Sailfish is '3rd option'
Network throws hat into ring with Linux-powered handsets
Fifteen zero days found in hacker router comp romp
Four routers rooted in SOHOpelessly Broken challenge
New Sprint CEO says he will lower axe on staff – but prices come first
'Very disruptive' new rates to be revealed next week
US TV stations bowl sueball directly at FCC's spectrum mega-sale
Broadcasters upset about coverage and cost as they shift up and down the dials
Trans-Pacific: Google spaffs cash on FAST undersea packet-flinging
One of 6 backers for new 60 Tbps cable to hook US to Japan
Tech city types developing 'Google Glass for the blind' app
An app and service where other people 'see' for you
Canadian ISP Shaw falls over with 'routing' sickness
How sure are you of cloud computing now?
UK mobile coverage is BETTER than EVER, networks tell Ofcom
Regulator swallows this line and parrots it back out at us. What are they playing at?
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.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.
Rethinking backup and recovery in the modern data center
Combining intelligence, operational analytics, and automation to enable efficient, data-driven IT organizations using the HP ABR approach.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.