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Freescale announces partnership with Enea, Green Hills and Mentor

In honor of the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) this week in San Jose, Freescale Semiconductor has embedded itself with a trio of software companies - Enea Systems, Green Hills Software and Mentor Graphics – to bolster its software package offerings. Freescale hopes the move...

Group forms to ensure set of standards for Linux handsets

A group of Linux proponents announced today they have formed a new standards group aimed at promoting Linux software for mobile phones. "One of the key goals of the Linux Phone Standards Forum is to reduce Linux fragmentation," said John Ostrem, lead scientist for...

Wireless developers face too many options

Wireless developers really do own the short end of the stick. Whereas Microsoft Corp.'s Windows system largely dominates the computer industry, there is no such unifying platform in wireless. Developers in the mobile-phone space are left with a dizzying array of choices from Java...

Speculation grows that Palm will use Windows Mobile

Rumors continue to circulate that Palm Inc. will build a version of its Treo smart phone using Microsoft Corp.'s Windows Mobile platform, spurning its longtime support for Palm operating-system vendor PalmSource Inc. If true, the move would represent a significant event for all three...

PalmSource partners with Linux vendor

SUNNYVALE, Calif.-Operating system company PalmSource Inc. announced it teamed with Linux vendor MontaVista Software. Under the new partnership, MontaVista will join PalmSource's Palm OS promotional organization, while PalmSource will sign up for MontaVista's own Linux promotional group.PalmSource's move acknowledges the growing interest in Linux...

Motricity buys M7 Networks to build wireless communities

Wireless content and technology provider Motricity Inc. has put some of it investment capital to work, acquiring mobile virtual community builder M7 Networks Inc. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.M7 Networks has made headway powering content-based mobile virtual communities such as the Game...

Nokia branches out with first non-phone, Linux-based device

Nokia Corp. introduced a new Internet-browsing device that represents a new market for the world's largest handset vendor as well as an entirely new software strategy. Nokia's new personal digital assistant-sized 770 Internet Tablet supports Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and features an 800 by...

Linux platform targets mid-tier phone OEMs

MontaVista Software Inc. today released a version of its Linux platform built specifically for mobile phones. The new offering is also designed for the mid-range handset market-devices that comprise the bulk of the handset industry-an area platform vendors like PalmSource Inc. and Symbian are...

DoCoMo invests in Chinese software firms

TOKYO-Japanese wireless carrier NTT DoCoMo Inc. announced it invested in two Chinese wireless software companies in an effort to tap into the massive potential of the Chinese market. DoCoMo said it will invest $4 million in Emcore Technology Inc., a Chinese location-based services company....

DoCoMo invests in Chinese software firms

TOKYO—Japanese wireless carrier NTT DoCoMo Inc. announced it invested in two Chinese wireless software companies in an effort to tap into the massive potential of the Chinese market.DoCoMo said it will invest $4 million in Emcore Technology Inc., a Chinese location-based services company. Separately,...

DoCoMo invests in Linux developer, Intel funds mFormation

Japanese giant NTT DoCoMo Inc. announced it purchased a $3 million stake in Linux developer MontaVista Software Inc., based in Sunnyvale, Calif.DoCoMo recently standardized on two operating system platforms for its mobile phones: Linux and Symbian. The carrier also offers a Linux- or Symbian-based...

Software vendors position for shares of mobile-phone market: PalmSource acquires China MobileSoft, LG partners with SavaJe

LG Electronics Co. Ltd., PalmSource Inc., SavaJe Technologies and China MobileSoft Ltd. all made waves on the operating-system front last week, announcements that further fractured an already complicated market. Indeed, as the mobile-phone industry continues to skyrocket, software vendors from all sectors are looking...

Acquisition gives PalmSource access to Chinese market, Linux technology

Operating system company PalmSource Inc. announced plans to acquire Chinese software vendor China MobileSoft Ltd. in an all-stock transaction valued at around $23 million. PalmSource's stock fell slightly after its announcement to about $14.15 per share.Under the terms of the transaction, PalmSource will issue...

‘The remote control of your life’ DoCoMo vision revolves around software

"The future is in the software," said Nayeem Islam, vice president of NTT DoCoMo Inc.'s mobile software laboratory in San Jose, Calif. "The hardware is a commodity." Islam's assertion, spoken with equal measures of confidence and conviction, defines DoCoMo's past as well as its...

Motorola’s A780 to include Linux OS

SUNNYVALE, Calif.-Sleepycat Software and MontaVista Software announced Sleepycat's Berkeley DB software and MontaVista's Linux operating system will be incorporated in Motorola's A780 mobile phone, which was announced last month.Berkeley DB efficiently and reliably manages data while MontaVista Linux enables a range of applications including...

Correction

In the "Access unveils device development solution" story on page 6 of the Feb. 23 issue of RCR Wireless News, Access Co. Ltd.'s relationship with MontaVista Software Inc. was misstated. The companies validated Access' NetFront browser to run on MontaVista's Linux platform for consumer...

Access unveils device development solution

CANNES, France-Japanese wireless browser company Access Co. Ltd. announced a series of new products and agreements the company hopes will increase sales to carriers and handset manufacturers.On the handset side, Access announced its new NetFront Mobile Client Suite, which combines a WAP browser with...

Motorola chooses Sleepycat data management software for smart phone

EMERYVILLE, Calif.-Motorola Inc. has selected Sleepycat Software's Berkeley DB application-specific data management software for use in Motorola's A768 smart phone in China.The phone, developed for corporate users, offers applications such as personal digital assistant capability, MP3 music playback, full-motion video recording and speakerphone. The...

Linux OS loved, still faces murky future

There are plenty of contentious questions in the operating system business. Will Microsoft Corp. dominate the mobile-phone field as it has done in the desktop computer business? Will Symbian manage to escape Nokia Corp.'s shadow and entice broad support? Will PalmSource Inc. translate its...

Linux mobile platform announced

SUNNYVALE, Calif.-MontaVista's Linux consumer electronic edition will support Renesas Technology Corp.'s multimedia application processor for mobile phones, according to both Renesas and MontaVista Software Inc.The product is known as SH-Mobile platform."The mobile-phone market has been rapidly gravitating toward Linux away from proprietary platforms in...

UIQ satisfied with OS niche

KARLSKRONA, Sweden-Johan Sandberg freely admits that UIQ Technology AB, based in Ronneby, Sweden, is not exactly a major force in the hotly contested mobile-phone operating system market."We are more of a niche player," Sandberg said, smiling. "But the niche isn't so bad."His low-slung humor...

Motorola allies with MontaVista for Linux processors

SAN FRANCISCO-Motorola Inc. said it has entered an alliance with MontaVista Software Inc. to make available an embedded Linux platform for Motorola's i.MX1 line of application processors, which will target handsets and other wireless devices.According to the deal, MontaVista Linux Professional Edition 3.0 will...

Linux developer stokes smart phone OS war

OXFORD, United Kingdom-As Microsoft and Symbian fight for dominance in the burgeoning smart-phone operating system (OS) market, U.S.-based Montavista Software has announced it is working with NEC to develop a Linux-based OS specifically targeted for use within cell phones.According to Montavista, Symbian is the...

Linux enters wireless handset game

SUNNYVALE, Calif.-The Linux operating system has raised its stakes in the wireless world in a pact with MontaVista Software, which has agreed to embed the OS into a variety of handsets.The move squares Linux off against both the Palm and Symbian operating systems.Phone maker...

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