“Modern” Web browsers for mobile devices have evolved to provide a rich platform for application development. There are now several major and emergent mobile platforms – Symbian, Windows Mobile, LiMo, Android, iPhone and more – each with their own SDKs, distribution mechanisms and security models.
Application developers are currently forced to choose which platform to best reach their users, and in the process, they essentially eliminate a host of audiences they would otherwise have the potential to reach. At a minimum, this is a hassle for developers, as they are forced to spend the time and resources on porting, testing, updating and supporting their application on the chosen platforms. On a larger scale, and what is most concerning, is this phenomenon’s effect on innovation-developers are forced to spend valuable time on this “plumbing,” which distracts from and inhibits the development of exciting next generation mobile applications.
Jay Sullivan is Vice President of Products at Mozilla where he drives product strategy and leads the product management team. Jay joined Mozilla Labs in 2007 to help define and launch the Weave project. Jay became Vice President of Mobile in 2008 and led the design, development and launch of the Firefox mobile Web browser. Previously, Jay was co-founder and VP of Products at PocketThis, a mobile software applications and tools provider. He has also held management and software engineering positions at Oracle, Information Resources and Firefly Network. Jay has been granted three U.S. patents for his work on mobile software and personalization. Jay is a graduate of Yale University.
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