This was a busy week for the mobile phone industry; RIM had their developer conference, Symbian had their conference and Google made available the code for Android. The cool thing about all of these events is that Eclipse played an important role as the developer tools platform.
- RIM announced a new version of their Eclipse-based tools and plug-ins.
- Symbian announced their Symbian Analysis Workbench (SAW) for optimizing C++ code running on Symbian OS. There was also a lot of discussion about setting up the Symbian Foundation and open sourcing the Symbian operating system under EPL.
- As part of Android, Google provides a set of Eclipse plugins for building Android applications. The nice thing to see is that Eclipse tools appear to be getting good reviews for Android.
Of course Motorola and Nokia are also big supporters and adopters of Eclipse in their developer platforms, so Eclipse as a platform in the mobile industry is looking pretty good. Now getting Apple to use Eclipse for the iPhone would be nice but it seems some people are figuring out how to do that.