RIM WebWorks 2.0 (2011) vs. Nokia Web Run-Time for S60 (2007)

One of the criticisms level at RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook tablet is the lack of apps. RIM is taking a cue from an old Nokia playbook to let web developers develop mobile apps for the both RIM’s BlackBerry phones and the new PlayBook tablet.

Introducing the BlackBerry WebWorks 2.0 Development Platform (Inside BlackBerry)

Introducing the BlackBerry WebWorks 2.0 Development Platform (Inside BlacKBerry Developer’s Blog)

RIM describes their web technology based app development like this: the BlackBerry WebWorks SDK lets developers build rich, integrated, standalone BlackBerry applications using web technologies (HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript). These applications are designed to allow full integration into the BlackBerry ecosystem and can be distributed and monetized like traditional applications running on the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet and BlackBerry smartphones.

Compare this to what I wrote alost exactly four years ago on April 19, 2007 after attending Nokia presentation:

A Few Thoughts on the Nokia Web Run-Time for S60

I saw a demo of the Nokia Web Run-Time for S60 (aka Widgets) this past Monday. It is an interesting development technology for the Nokia Series 60 (S60) based phones of the future (current S60 models will not support it). The idea is to leverage web developer skills to create applications for S60 phones. Applications are developed using HTML, CSS, and Javascript. The source code is compiled, placed into a Zip file, and copied over to the phone for installation there.

To my knowledge Nokia’s Web Run-Time for S60 never got much beyond this announcement. Will RIM have better luck?