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Fragmentation is easily becoming one of the biggest concerns in the mobile space for a developer. There’s at least a half a dozen major plat…

imageFragmentation is easily becoming one of the biggest concerns in the mobile space for a developer. There’s at least a half a dozen major platforms that are in the market today, and developers are left wondering if they need to support and port to each and every one. Over the years, plenty of platforms have surfaced as potential solutions. Sun’s Java was once the panacea, and more recently, there’s a host of companies and open-source projects working towards the same goal, including Funambol, the Open Mobile Terminal Platform, and even Adobe’s Flash.

Today, VentureBeat wrote about another — a startup called Rhomobile, which has developed a framework that allows developers to build mobile applications in HTML and Ruby with the promise that it will work on the iPhone, Blackberry, Windows Mobile, Symbian and Android. Support may come soon for Palm (NSDQ: PALM), but there’s no plans to support LiMo, the Linux platform.

The Cupertino, Calif.-based company has raised $1 million in funding from vSpring Capital, and was born from frustrations that the CEO Adam Blum’s endured at his last job. He worked at Good Technology, where he says more than 200 engineers struggled to put the mobile email applications on only three smartphone operating systems. (Visto bought Good from Motorola (NYSE: MOT) earlier this year.) Blum: “I can

  1. Sounds like another lowest-common-denominator solution. Almost all of these approaches claim cross-compatibility but wind up producing little more than web browser with its sharp edges removed.

    It's a rare accomplishment to create a platform that actually *improves* the underlying platform. Take a look at how we've accomplished this for normal feature phones: http://nemo.everypoint.com .

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