Mobile Handhelds

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BMW wants to go open

By Doug Schaefer Ian Skerrett, our fine director of Marketing at the Eclipse Foundation, pointed out this article from MotorAuthority.com. BMW apparently is feeling out the market to see if there is an appetite by tier one manufacturers to work together on an open source stack for in-car infotainment systems.The concept BMW has in mind reminds me a lot of…

Google has their own browser!???

By Doug Schaefer Apparently the word leaked on an unofficial Google blog site and they followed up with an "oops" official blog post. Either way, the word is out and the web browser "industry" is in for a shake up. Google is releasing their own web browser called Google Chrome. Apparently it includes pieces from Webkit (I'm guessing the browser…

Open Source Handhelds

By Doug Schaefer Quite a while ago now I posted about the open source gaming device from Korea know as the GP2X. At the end of the day, it ended up with a storied history and while I love the concept of a handheld mobile device for which you can write your own applications, their execution as a company out…

Android SDK goes beta

By Doug Schaefer Well, if you follow the embedded industry even from a distance, the news that the Android SDK has gone beta is old news by now. I've been so busy p2-izing our upcoming Wind River products that I haven't had time to write here. Time to get my priorities straight :). Any whoo, there's a lot of competition…

Android will be open source…eventually

By Doug Gaff It's been a few months since the initial buzz of the Android SDK release, and the technology itself continues to look great. Ed Burnette recently posted a blog indicating Android will be 100% open source. In it he notes that Google says they fully intend to open up all of their code using appropriate open source licenses…

Mobile phones clear for take-off?

By Paul Parkinson A few months ago I commented on some of the technical developments in passenger in-flight systems ('In-flight Internet access...and mobile phones too?'). In recent weeks, there have been some rapid developments, not on the technical front, but in terms of regulation and operation, with announcements from the UK telecommunications regulator Ofcom and the European Commission. On the…

Mobile Broadband dongles find success in UK

By Paul Tingey There seems to have many news stories about the imminent rise of 3G technology in the UK over the last few years. Looking back these stories would seem to have heralded repeated false dawns with 3G being relegated to little more than another mobile voice calling technology. However we now seem to have positive proof that 3G…

An Industry and Technology Revolution is on the Horizon

By Jason Whitmire Limo, and in a slightly different way Android, have killed the standards-based approach to open source development in mobile. In the Linux world, creating an esoteric, theoretical application standard not based on market-driven code requires too much speculative investment without any clear mitigation of ROI risk for anyone to take up anymore. Indeed, the days of a…

In-flight Internet access… and mobile phones too?

By Paul Parkinson I read a business article in the Economist ('Mobile Phones on planes - Your call') during the Christmas holidays about the current developments in passenger in-flight systems, specifically the provision of Internet data access and the potential to support mobile (cell) phone voice calls during flight. The article reports on trials of a Wi-Fi data service by…

The Check is in the Mail, Do No Evil and Other Matters of Trust

By Jason Whitmire All will agree that mobile Linux suffers from fragmentation today, and that fragmentation •    creates significant challenges to Linux adoption in mobile phones (lack of interoperability et. al.)  •    presents barriers to innovation •    increases the carrier cost to Linux terminal deployment. For Linux to succeed in the mobile market, we need to minimize…