World News: Yahoo! announces simple alternative to Google’s Android

World News:  Yahoo! announces simple alternative to Google’s Android

According to a report on LinuxDevices.com, Yahoo! has announced its own toolkit aimed at improving mobile phones as web services clients.

Early proponents of Yahoo! Mobile Widgets include phone vendors LG and Motorola, with Linux phone stack vendor Access also looking at the technology.

Mobile Widgets are intended to let third-party developers write web applications that support mobile phones as clients.

Mobile Widgets appear to be fairly simple, compared to Google's Android, which comprises a suite of Java-based Linux applications that run on the phone itself, providing significant potential for client-side processing.

Mobile Widgets can be used by any browser-enabled phone, including phones that support only XHTML (no error correction by the browser).

In their simplest form, Widgets enable developers to push simple RSS news feeds out to users, without writing any Blueprint markup at all, the company notes.

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