A mobile widget is a mini application that sits on a mobile handset to allow access to content and services from the Web via a phone's user interface. Mobile Widgets are generally based on mobile Java. They can be personalized so that users can receive particular information they want on the phone.
A group of mobile operators -- China Mobile Communications Corp., Softbank Mobile Corp., and Vodafone Group plc -- got together in 2008 to establish the Joint Innovation Lab (JIL) with the aim of creating a single platform that developers can use to create mobile widgets. Verizon Wireless recently joined the JIL initiative. The idea is to make it easier for applications and services to run on all handsets and operating systems, and ultimately, for users to access the Web content they want from their mobile phones.