Is that a server in your pocket, or are you just pleased to see me? Actually, if Webtide have their way then future Android-powered cellphones could be running as mobile webservers thanks to a port of their open-source Jetty app. Developed in Java, i-Jetty can run as either a standalone server or in combination with an HTTP server such as Apache to handle dynamic content; on Android smartphones, it will load as a servlet and give users remote access to phone functionality. No, you might not want to host the next YouTube rival on your mobile, but accessing SMS messaging, multimedia files and the address book of your handset remotely from your laptop could be handy.
Available now as a stable preliminary release, porting i-Jetty to Android was apparently “really fast”, with the developers citing getting used to Android emulators as their biggest challenge. Webtide see users developing dynamic mobile personal websites, currently limited by the processing capacity of cellphones themselves, which would take advantage of i-Jetty’s support for AJAX and other Web 2.0 technologies.
“Right now, the devices still don’t have the processing power and connection speed to handle more than a small population of users. i-Jetty-enabled Android phones could certainly syndicate to a larger landed service” Adam Lieber, CEO, Webtide
Beyond that, Webtide have suggested that routers and access points could use the Android OS and host web-based services via i-Jetty.
[via Linux Devices]