iPhone apps for WM? A problem indeed, but certainly not insoluble

iPhone apps for WM? A problem indeed, but certainly not insoluble
One of the major factors that has allowed the iPhone to gain an upper hand is the monstrous size of App Store. There you can find virtually everything you might think of. Is it possible that the same diversity of apps becomes available to Windows Mobile owners? That´s the question that Luke Thompson, programmer with the software development company Gripware, has taken on to answer.

He examined the source code of an app called Amplitude and modified it so as to make it compatible with the HTC Touch Pro running Windows Mobile 6.5 ROM. One of the major tools he relied on was Visual Studio 2008 Development Environment plus he was helped by developers of the Windows Mobile community. Of course, they faced quite logical problems - the lack of multitasking in iPhone OS, the screen orientation change on opening the hardware keyboards of devices like the Touch Pro and the feeble graphics procesing power of WM when it comes to visualizing certain things like semi-transparent interface elements. Ultimately, porting iPhone software for Windows Mobile is possible indeed, even if not easy as it may seem. Who knows, perhaps this will soon turn out to be a viable way of enriching Windows Marketplace for Mobile with more apps.

source: Windows Mobile Blog



1. Rager099

Posts: 29; Member since: Apr 06, 2009

Last time I checked I thought there was copywriting..?

2. tuminatr

Posts: 1120; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

this is a software developer kit, allowing the developer to port his app he has already created to work on wm 6.5 so if the creator ports it I cant see how that is a infringement of copyright laws basically he gets to double his chances of selling a app. Great idea considering there are a lot more wm devices out there than apple. Microsoft then will give these developers the ability to sell there wares when the wm app store opens. I have herd that Nokia has been trying to come out with something similar for there smart phone OS

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