dotMobi Launches DeviceAtlas, an Industry-Leading Mobile Development Tool

dotMobi logoLow-to-no cost, comprehensive database of global mobile handset information now available to assist Web developers in creating “device aware” content

dotMobi, the company behind .mobi – the first and only Internet address designed specifically for mobile phones – today announced the launch of DeviceAtlas, the definitive source of mobile handset information for mobile content developers.

“There are many sources for device data, but they are scattered throughout developer forums and embedded into various products. DeviceAtlas is a single definitive source of device information,” said Paul Nerger, Vice President of Advanced Services and Applications, dotMobi.

“DeviceAtlas helps developers of all sizes build better mobile web applications that adapt to – and are optimized for – the widest possible range of mobile devices with structured, accurate data. This also means device data will be available for everyone, regardless of company’s size, because of the low costs of DeviceAtlas. In fact, access to the web site version of the database is completely free, and we will provide one free DeviceAtlas Developer Edition license to every member of the dev.mobi developer forum,” added Nerger.

Nokia, Vodafone, Telecom Italia Mobile, Argogroup, Volantis, Zandan and many other mobile operators, handset manufacturers and developers from around the world are working with dotMobi to collate and continually refine information on handset attributes – from early models of data-capable mobile phones to the very latest “smart” mobile devices – so that developers can create “device aware” content with the most up-to-date information available.

Nokia’s Head of Technology Management, Timo Skytta, said, “The introduction of DeviceAtlas will help Internet web developers and content providers build tailored Internet experiences for a range of devices. As Nokia expands from a handset company to offer a range of Internet services – making these experiences powerful and valuable is very important,” while Peter Thompson, of Vodafone Group R&D, said, “DeviceAtlas is a great tool to help mobile developers create a personalized and valuable mobile web experience for their users.”

DeviceAtlas allows information to be shared with the global development community and to be updated online. This approach simplifies the development process and enables developers to create the best possible experience for users. And along with the free, web-based version, users can access a local copy of the DeviceAtlas database via an application programming interface (API) for a modest annual fee.

dotMobi’s CEO, Trey Harvin, said, “dotMobi recognized the need to solve the challenges developers face in creating content for literally thousands of different handset and software combinations. We’ve worked hard to deliver what is the most comprehensive, accurate intelligence on mobile devices around the world through DeviceAtlas.”

James Pearce, Vice President of Technology at dotMobi, said, “The initial release of DeviceAtlas only represents the start of an ever-evolving tool for the mobile development community. The roadmap for the next few months includes further property vocabularies, a full test suite, the ability of all community members to provide additional data, and compatibility with W3C recommendations.”

More information on DeviceAtlas – including the free web-based version and free, fully licensed version for developers – is available at deviceatlas.com on PCs and deviceatlas.mobi on mobiles.

About dotMobi

dotMobi (the informal name of mTLD Top Level Domain Ltd.), a consortium headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, is leading the growth of internet use from mobile phones with the .mobi domain name. Unique among domain name providers, dotMobi ensures that services and sites developed around .mobi are optimized for use by mobile devices. On-the-go consumers can have confidence that a web site will work on their mobile phones when using a .mobi address.

dotMobi is backed by leading mobile operators, network & device manufacturers, and internet content providers, including Ericsson, Google, GSM Association, Hutchison 3, Microsoft, Nokia, Orascom Telecom, Samsung Electronics, Syniverse, T-Mobile, Telefonica Moviles, TIM, Visa and Vodafone. dotMobi is a sponsor of W3C’s Mobile Web Initiative.

For more information on dotMobi domains and registration information, visit dotmobi.mobi. Visit the dotMobi blog at blog.mobi.

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