Common widget platforms have been a hot topic among global carriers over the past year or so, with AT&T
(among several other major players) coming out and saying that they're actively pursuing standardized OS-agnostic frameworks like the OMTP's
BONDI initiative. Vodafone also happens to be a member of the OMTP, and the massive multinational operator has laid down the law this week by announcing that it will be creating a single clearinghouse for internet app developers looking to expose their wares to Voda customers around the world. In addition, there'll be a single set of APIs for location awareness, direct operator billing, and other goodies that should take some of the pain out of developing apps that can work across multiple devices. An SDK will be available to some partners starting in the summer, with broader release following on after that.