This morning during the opening day of the Sprint Developer Conference, Sprint announced the launch of its new SDK and Eclipse IDE toolset in Sprint Titan.
Titian improves upon the older Mobility IDE by enabling developers to use standard Java desktop development workflows and development practices with the inclusion of the CDC/Foundation Java Virtual Machine and OSGi framework for new desktop-class applications.
Titan also supports the Eclipse embedded Rich Client which can run generically written rich GUI applications across devices and computers.
Widget application development is also supported under Titan as well, which provides Web-based developers the ability to develop rich Web applications that take full advantage of the device’s functionality similar to the iPhone. This will allow developers to easily move Eclipse-based or Web applications from the desktop to Sprint devices.
Titan also includes APIs to give developers access to Sprint-specific device features, such as location, messaging, and multimedia, which were previously restricted in the former toolkit. It will launch for Windows Mobile based devices first and then will be extended to the rest of the device lineup at an unspecified timeframe.
In related news, Sprint also reaffirmed its commitment to Android by reiterating its status as a charter member in the OHA, in light of recent comments made by Sprint CEO Dan Hesse, with Google VP of mobile technology Rich Miner giving the keynote speech on the last day of the conference, December 12th.