Senin, 04 Agustus 2008

The Linux Mobile Foundation has announced that 11 new companies have joined the global consortium for the open-source mobile platform.

In particular, new LiMo member Movial said it intends to open-source its Browser D-Bus Bridge technology, which translates standard HTML and JavaScript commands to Desktop Bus commands to facilitate inter-process communication (IPC) between Web 2.0 applications and services.

"Movials open-source contribution should enable application developers and operators to innovate and create a new range of services and applications exploiting unique features of mobile devices," said Kerry McGuire, director of strategic alliances at longtime LiMo member ARM, which makes processor cores for mobile handsets.


Through the use of Movials innovative technology, handset makers and Web developers will be able to create new user interfaces and Web 2.0 services for LiMo. Movial said it expects to deliver the code within 90 days.

Another new LiMo member, VirtualLogix, will begin extending the application of its VLX virtualization technology into the mobile-handset space.

VLX is designed to enable low-cost Linux phones based on a single-core processor (ARM, Intel XScale or Intel Atom) by eliminating the need for an extra application processor and associated hardware. VLX also features a standards-based security architecture for financial transactions, mobile commerce and the secure distribution of DRM-protected content.

"VirtualLogix is committed to providing developers the opportunity to complement the LiMo specification with enhanced features and security for deployment on low-cost platforms," said VirtualLogix Executive Vice President Michel Gien.


LiMo also announced the rollout of seven new LiMo-enabled devices from Motorola, NEC and Panasonic, boosting the total number of handset models available on the open-source platform to 21.

"With such a variety of industry players cost-effectively adopting the LiMo platform ... more development resources are being devoted to enhancing the consumer experience," said LiMo Foundation Chairman Kiyohito Nagata. "This new wave of LiMo handsets serves as proof."

The new devices will offer consumers a variety of mobile-handset advancements, including GPS, High-Speed Downlink Packet Access, and mobile TV. For example, NECs N906iL handset is fully compatible with a new Home U broadband service available in Japan that will enable users to connect to their home wireless networks at speeds up to 54 Mbps. Other new devices from NEC and Panasonic will be able to tune in to "One Segment" mobile-TV programs in Japan.

Shutterbugs will also be pleased to learn that Motorolas new Motozine ZN5 employs Kodak technology to create brighter, more vivid pictures that users can instantly upload to the Web. The five-megapixel camera-phone instantly transforms back to a standard phone when the user slides the cover back over the lens.

In addition, the latest camera-phones from NEC and Panasonic feature image stabilization technology. The NEC 901i automatically recognizes and snaps shots of subjects when they smile, with the results displayed on the handsets three-inch LCD screen.


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