OneApp from Microsoft – a way to run a variety of apps on feature phones
OneApp will be a piece of software with size of about 150KB, developed for feature phones. Yes, that´s right. Microsoft will try and blaze a trail in a part of the industry they haven´t been associated with, at least this far. OneApp will allow users to run applications for services like Facebook, Twitter, Windows Live Messenger, Mobile Wallet etc. despite the limited hardware resources available on feature phones. This will be implemented by dynamic application handling. What this means is that the device will need to allocate resources for running only the part of the application that the customer needs to use, so it won´t be necessary that entire applications are stored on the device. Moreover, transferring part of the processes to a server will certainly relieve the handset from hardware intensive tasks. According to Microsoft, GPRS connection will be more than enough to provide enough bandwidth to OneApp.
The company will be partnering with the carriers, which will be tasked with the product distribution. Actually, the app is already available in South Africa through Blue Label Telecoms, although Microsoft is planning on a world-wide expansion. Software developers will be able to create programs for OneApp using Java and XML scripts, plus SDK will come out by the end of the year. The list of supported devices is quite long at the moment with several Sony Ericsson handsets, the Samsung U900 Soul and a number of S60 Nokia smartphones that are Java-capable.
We think this is a great idea indeed and certainly hope to see carriers embrace it whole-heartedly, because this is a way of making feature phones more appealing and functional. You can find the official app web site here.
4. YouLostTheGame (Posts: 441; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
The previous three comments are whats entirely wrong with iPhone users. This could be a cool feature to have on a feature phone. Helps to stretch the functionality without possibly stretching the cost out (as in requiring a data plan like with a smartphone). They've got me interested, albeit the fact that I currently have a BB.
5. matistight (Posts: 212; Member since: 13 May 2009)
Sorry, my laptop failed... my internet sucks. This app is a really fun app and I agree on your situation, but lets be honest, BBs are business phones, and iPhones are toys. I carry an iPhone 3G on No Sim and a BB Curve 8900. I use my iPhone when I'm near a Wi-Fi, or as an iPod Touch with a camera and good speakers. Don't go for a data plan! Tell your work to get Wi-Fi! Or get Wi-Fi at home!
7. YouLostTheGame (Posts: 441; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
LOL! So will you drop you iPhone when/if this new iPod Touch that's rumored to launch actually DOES have a camera and possible mic? Also, why carry two phones around? I HATE lugging around both an iPod and my BB. But I can't live without my entire music collection that logs in at over 100 gigs. There simply isn't a phone out there that can handle my entire music library, not to mention all the movies and everything else my iPod is loaded with. That's why I don't think I'd be happy with an iPhone if it ever came to VZW anyway, cuz it STILL wouldn't be able to handle everything I like to have with me. I know that my "needs" are a tall order to fill, but when the day comes that I actually CAN load everything onto ONE device, that will be a happy day!
8. MTLance (unregistered)
lol, this topic is being spammed by fanbois comment. I have an iPhone here and even those apps are available for free I'm not too keen on it but I'm keen on Docs2Go, etc.