David described the concept of an enhanced runtime that would allow access to phone features such as files, PIM, messaging, call handling, system data and the camera. Vodafone call this MobileScript.
The presentation continued with a comparison of web runtimes with other development methods…
Vodafone are championing the idea of a standards based web runtime extension to allow access to phone features. In fact, just after MoMo, the there was a post on the W3C Mobile Web Initiative Team Blog about this. Let’s hope this happens. However, I am slightly sceptical that all the necessary parties can get together to solve this problem. I am also sceptical that this will be done (as opposed to ‘can be done’) in such a way that resulting applications and services don’t have to be re-written for specific devices. For example, the existing Nokia S60 widget support is currently a proprietary solution involving a S60 specific application install.