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Why isn't uQuran a native Symbian app?
|In short: we don't like supporting three or ten mobile models at one time when we can support 800.
Native Symbian apps may be faster than J2ME/Java apps, however they're extremely platform specific and developing and maintaining a single app for 20 models becomes a nightmare. Each series needs to be developed for separately and with each series you have a number of resolutions to work with. This hampers productivity as you spend thousands of man hours and several months to only support a handful of Nokia mobiles.
The community uses a vast variety of mobiles from different brands. We cannot possibly develop a different application for all handsets (as we don't believe in supporting only one mobile when we can support a lot more). Developing for iPhone/Android is different as these are unique hardwares with only one hardware/SDK to develop for, unlike Nokia, which has a lot of SDKs for each of their different series of mobiles. Developing only for Nokia would shutout Samsung, HTC, Windows Mobiles, Blackberries, LG etc etc.
Finally, J2ME (although more difficult to develop for as resource constraints are higher and tougher) offers excellent portability and makes it easy for us to cater everyone. The only downside is that some slower mobiles (i.e. with slower CPUs) may not run uQuran as fast as other faster mobiles (such as HTC Windows Mobiles or Blackberries). This isn't too bad because mobile manufacturers have recently started to spice up their hardware and allow more resource-intensive apps to run smoothly. In a couple of years time we'll see an array of new mobiles come up and people will eventually move to newer and better models which will still inshAllah support uQuran that has already taken months to develop. Later it'll just be a matter of supporting newer features rather than re-developing the application from scratch.
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