Snaptu (pronounced “snap tu”) is a free mobile application platform that runs on virtually every type of Internet-enabled mobile phones. It allows the user to access popular services, varying from social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and Picasa to entertainment news, blogs, sports and local guides. As of September 23, 2010, Snaptu bundles more than 30 free applications and more than 25 web links.
As of May 2010, Snaptu had been installed in 6 million mobile phones. Snaptu’s popularity is partially derived from its ability to connect users with even a rudimentary phone to the mobile web.
Because Snaptu is a platform, content providers and application developers have the ability to write an application onetime on Snaptu and then it is deployed across the mobile web and is accessible from almost every mobile phone on the market.
The product’s cross-platform capabilities stem from its methodology, in which the applications do not run on the mobile phone itself, but on Internet servers.