Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Alcatel-Lucent Releases OpenPlug App Development Tools Free-for-All

Alcatel-Lucent released its OpenPlug Studio (formerly OpenPlug ELIPS Studio) as a free resource to application developers. OpenPlug Studio is a development toolkit that allows developers to efficiently create native applications for smart phones, tablets and other web-connected devices from a single code base using well-known web development technologies such as JavaScript, ActionScript and XML.

Alcatel-Lucent also launched a Certified OpenPlug Solutions Provider Program focused on application development and developer training. Initial members include Exuvis, Nexworld and On3. They will teach developers how to use the OpenPlug tools, while also building mobile applications for businesses that run on any platform or device and leverage service providers' network-based APIs (application programming interfaces).

"One of the things we set out to do when we created the Open API Platform was address the entire API and app ecosystem," said Laura Merling, senior vice president of Alcatel-Lucent's Application Enablement Strategy and Platform. "Making OpenPlug Studio free puts one of the industry's most powerful tools into the hands of more developers. And building a formal partner program further supports the need across all industries to provide the education and tools to meet the demands of the connected business."http://www.alcatel-lucent.comhttp://developer.openplug.com

  • In September 2010, Alcatel-Lucent acquired OpenPlug, a software developer specializing in tools for mobile applications, for an undisclosed sum. The deal extends Alcatel-Lucent's Application Enablement strategy, which is focused on combining the trusted and secure network capabilities of service providers with the speed and innovation of the Web to provide a richer end-user experience. By building a robust application-enablement system, Alcatel-Lucent said it is aiming to transform service provider infrastructure by unlocking network resources and functionality and thereby creating new revenue share models. OpenPlug, which is based in Sophia Antipolis, France, provides tools for converting application code into software that runs natively on any leading mobile device operating system, including Apple's iOS, Android, Symbian, Windows Mobile, and Linux. The company's ELIPS Studio is essentially an open software environment that lets developers create an application once and then deploy to multiple mobile phone OSes.