These are trying times for the industry, as in most of the world we fight back against the recession. I’m heartened, however, by signs of companies investing in their developer programmes, and reaching out to the software development community.

Mobile is still an area of frenetic activity. Most famous, I suppose, is Apple and the iPhone. A runaway success since its launch, the iPhone has frightened the handset manufacturers, galvanized mobile app developers and excited the cellcos. The iPhone SDK and developer programme is, in my view, a brilliant lesson to us all in how to execute a programme to get meet the needs of software developers.

Also in the mobile SDK area we see Android making good progress at recruiting software partners, and attracting handset partners. Google’s Android Developer Challenge attracted a lot of new apps and created excitement. Symbian also refocused on open source, and are making headway in their own reserved, British way. Developer programmes in the mobile carriers, like Orange and Vodafone are also great areas of activity. Vodafone have been talking about mobile “widgets” for a while, i.e. self-contained web apps (using Javascript and CSS) that can run on a mobile phone. Samsung have also been trying to stir up interest in widgets with their own developer challenge for the Omnia. Equipment and software vendors are also building their developer outreach. Just in the last few days we’ve had announcements from Syntellect (reaching out to CT-ADE developers), and Ericsson (reaching out to web developers).

As equipment providers ourselves at Dialogic, we understand the importance of developers and our APIs in creating opportunities for our product. We recently ran our own innovator challenge for developers, and if you’re interested in the results, you can see them here:

We’re going to run another developer challenge in 2010. If you’ve got any ideas about how that should look, or how we could better help you develop for Dialogic platforms, we’d be happy to hear your comments.