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Choosing a mobile development platform

Smart phones, they’re everywhere. They’re fueling the end of despotic regimes, tuning up your local experience, and shooting feature-length films. There’s a school of thought that says mobiles – smartphones and feature phones – are powerful tools to tackle barriers to human well-being as well. We’ve seen many amazing projects in this spirit come through IDEAS – SanaMobile is a remote medical diagnostic tool; AssuredLabor helps trustworthy workers connect with employers; Netra reduces the cost of diagnosing refractive eye conditions; and Konbit enables employable Haitians to create audio resumes.

But we’re getting a little ahead. Our question is about getting started in smartphone application development, so we want to put it to you, developers: how do you choose the platform and development environment to work in – Windows, Android, or iOS? What are the criteria you would use? (And be honest here: if its as simple as, “I learned Java in 4th grade and have stuck with it,” or, “A sponsor gave us 5 Windows phones,” then tell us that, too!).

“Call the question” is a new series we’re experimenting with, to get insights into how innovation for development and invention and entrepreneurship as public service happens – at MIT and elsewhere. We encourage questions from the specific (how do I choose my corporation type?) to the strategic (where should I pilot an innovative water desalinization technology?). Got a question you’d like to have answered?  Send an email to question@mit.edu and we’ll consider posting it here. Either way, we’ll let you know.

Nokia Enters Development Space with “Life Tools”

Kiwanja has a great post on Nokia’s latest move into the ICT for development (ICTD) space with the release of its mobile financial and payment service, Nokia Money.

Kiwanja writes,

“Last November, on the day Barack Obama won the US Presidential elections, Nokia quietly lay their cards on the table and entered the ‘international development’ arena. The launch of Nokia Life Tools - initially a suite of education and agriculture-based tools aimed at the Indian market – was a significant step forward for the handset maker, which had for some time been positioning itself not just as a manufacturer, but also as something of a services provider.

So, something else which shouldn’t have come as a big surprise was today’s news of Nokia’s big move into mobile financial services. There’s clearly a big market opportunity here, and Nokia have partnered withObopay to take it on (a company they had already invested around $70 million in earlier this year).”

Intersections with work happening here at MIT include – among others – Next Billion Network, NextLab, International Initiatives in Health (IIH), and D-Lab ICT course – among many others. I expect this to be an area of explosive growth here at MIT over the next few years that cuts across many disciplines.