Mobile Monday Bangalore
The February edition of Mobile Monday (MoMo) Bangalore centred on the application developer ecosystem around large technology platforms—Qualcomm Inc. and Nokia Oyj. About 40 people attended the event, which was sponsored by Forum Nokia.
Rakesh Godhwani, manager, developer relations for Qualcomm, led an interactive session on BREW (binary run-time environment for wireless, Qualcomm’s mobile applications development platform). Questions ranged from what is BREW to the future technology road map to revenue sharing. The key message was that BREW is an established platform for millions of phones and anyone developing applications should use it.
An SDK (software development kit) is available for free, though a digital signature is required at a later stage, which costs a few hundred dollars. There are several commercial models, including one where the developer just needs to get the application on the Qualcomm deck and need not talk with operators all over the world.
Godhwani also showed LBS (location-based services) capabilities of the BREW platform. The underlying technology allows for LBS to work inside a building where there is no line of sight with the GPS (global positioning system) satellites.
Sunil Maheshwari of Mango Technologies Pvt. Ltd, a partner of Qualcomm, talked about his experience of working with Qualcomm. Prakash Sayini, country lead for Forum Nokia, talked about opportunities for application developers on the Nokia platform. He discussed the online participation mode available at Forum Nokia.
Aditya Mishra works with Tata Consultancy Services Ltd and is founder of the Bangalore-based start-up initiative, Kickstart.