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Telecommunications solutions provider Alcatel-Lucent picked up a mobile app development platform that allows programmers to write apps once and produce code that runs natively on iPhones and Android devices with its acquisition of OpenPlug on Wednesday. The details of the deal were not disclosed.

OpenPlug’s ELIPS studio allows developers to write code in Adobe’s Flex programming environment and port it to native languages like the iPhone’s Objective-C. The goal is to continue being able to develop apps for the multiple platforms that have come about — Symbian, Android, Windows Mobile and the like — without having to rewrite the code in a native language every single time.

Apple’s iPhone app development is a particular sore thumb for many developers, as they require developers to write in a handful of specific languages. Adobe’s Flash, a popular way to develop interactive games and website features, has famously been excluded from the iPhone.

The tool, however, bypasses that restriction by avoiding the use of custom software development kits and compiling the source code to the native platform, according to PC World.

Founded in 2002, OpenPlug is based in Sophia Antipolis, France. Its products are used by mobile developers like Sony Ericsson, Intel, Arima Communications and Foxconn.

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