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Updated Vodafone Widget SDK now available – JIL 1.2 and Android support

June 2, 2010

We’re pleased to announce the release of version 2.7 of the Vodafone Widget SDK. Highlights of this release include:

* Create and import JIL 1.2 format widgets
* Convert between Opera and JIL 1.2 format widgets
* Emulate JIL 1.2 format widgets
* Test your widgets in Android device configurations
* Deploy widgets directly to Android phones via USB

Adding support for the JIL 1.2 format makes it easier to package widgets that are ready to upload on for distribution to Vodafone 360 customers across Europe. The conversion feature should be particularly useful since the widget run-times for Symbian and H1/M1 haven’t yet been updated to support the JIL 1.2 format. Build in Opera format for testing on target phones, then re-build in JIL 1.2 format when you’re ready to upload. Converting is as simple as toggling a radio button and re-saving.

When building in the JIL 1.2 format for publishing, you’ll want to type in your username so that the ID attribute in your config.xml is set according to JIL specification (including an SHA-256 hash of your username). Also be sure to declare the feature elements for the JIL APIs your widget uses – confirm the desired APIs will be supported by referring to the JIL 1.2 API Reference for Vodafone 360 phones [PDF link].

To emulate your widget in one of the new Android configurations, first make sure Opera 9.64 is installed then select the Preview command. After the emulator opens, toggle between configurations with the menu at upper left. Note these configurations are meant to support the planned window and viewport sizes (pixels) at the most common physical display dimension (inches) that Vodafone will range.

For on-device testing, first install the widget run-time for Android and connect your Android device via USB, then select the Deploy command. Once the widget is on your device, open the .wgt file – we suggest using OI File Manager – and test away.

Download the Vodafone Widget SDK now from the Vodafone Developer site. Or if you’re using an earlier version of the SDK look for the update notification.

And if you want to learn more about this then perhaps come and meet some of the Vodafone team at Launch 48 in London and Mobile 2.0 in Barcelona.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. June 2, 2010 7:44 pm

    Cannot find the “widget run-time for Android” mentioned above. Can someone tell me where it is?

    • June 3, 2010 12:01 pm

      Hi Robin, We’ve had a slight delay with the Android Widget Manager, however we should have it live on the site early next week. Apologies for the delay in the meantime and thanks for your patience.

  2. Carmelo permalink
    June 3, 2010 1:41 pm

    Hi, just one question, apart the Widget Run Time for Android, it gonna be released also the updated version for Symbian?


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