From Android to Windows Mobile, RIM and webOS, Sprint likes multiple mobile operating systems

Sprint developer conference to focus on apps for wide array of mobile operating systems, including Google's Android, Microsoft's Windows Mobile, Palm's webOS and Research in Motion's BlackBerry

Sprint is making it clear to software developers that it wants to help them make new applications for its devices, no matter what platform they run on.

During its Open Developer Conference to be held in Santa Clara, Calif., later this month, Sprint says it plans to focus on a wide array of mobile operating systems, including Google's Android, Microsoft's Windows Mobile, Palm's webOS and Research in Motion's BlackBerry operating system.

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The conference will feature not only Sprint executives, but also representatives from HTC, Palm and Google who will try to teach attendees about best practices for developing software for multiple mobile operating systems.  Sprint also says that the conference will address enterprise M2M business solutions and 4G technical development and resources.

"Our objective with the [conference] is to create a forum for mobile app developers and those who develop apps for the desktop to get a taste of what's possible for them using the tools that Sprint's developer program provides," says Len Barlik, Sprint's vice president of wireless and wireline services. "With today's operating system platforms, powerful new devices… and the strength of the Sprint Now Network and 4G, the opportunities are limitless."

Sprint has become more aggressive over the last year in trying to bring more high-end smartphones onto its network.  The carrier scored a modest hit with the Palm Pre over this past summer and the company is slated to release its first smartphone based on Google's mobile Android platform on Oct. 11.  The carrier has also expanded its smartphone roster this year to include the BlackBerry Tour and the Palm Centro, although the company shares the rights to sell those phones with Verizon Wireless.

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