A la mobile, leading Linux systems platform and open source technology company for mobile devices, announced this week the first Android platform running on HTC Qtek 9090 advanced smartphone. Application demonstrated include : browser, phone dialer, audio player, maps, camera, games, calendar, contacts manager, calculator, tasks manager and notes. Below a screenshot of the a la mobile Android-based demo phone :
While all rumors and breaking news were about HTC to provide the first Android phones, a la mobile confirmed this orientation and got better : the first HTC phone using a complete mobile Linux stack based on Android.
“While mobile Linux has made steady progress in the industry since 2006, Google’s advocacy with the unveiling of the Android framework further substantiates the position of Linux as a major mobile operating system alongside Windows Mobile and Symbian,” said Pauline Lo Alker, President and CEO of a la Mobile, Inc. “However, despite the market enthusiasm about Google Android, many questions remain concerning the technical details, and skepticism exists concerning its readiness. As the leader in mobile Linux, we believe it is our responsibility to take the initiative to allay the ‘mystery’ and dispel any skepticism surrounding Android by first demonstrating a complete mobile Linux system stack, including drivers, middleware, and a suite of Android-based applications running on an existing advanced smartphone manufactured by one of the premier handset vendors in the market.”
It’s true that there are many missing information about Android platform itself until today, but according to a la mobile they are providing a complete mobile stack solution : device drivers, Linux kernel, system utilities, mobile middleware (such as security, device management, provisioning, etc.), an application framework (Android) that supports JAVA services, browser, and miscellaneous applications for the end device.
“Despite the open-source nature of the Android framework, developing a complete mobile system solution with customized, differentiated features continues to present major technical challenges requiring considerable time, effort, and resources — a barrier and reach beyond the scope of many handset vendors,” continues Alker. “Our mission is to remove the complexity for handset vendors and mobile operators to enable them to accelerate their device time-to-market, ensure high quality while reducing total development and device costs. The experience we have gained in putting together this demo will enable us to trim a device’s time-to-market by at least half!”
About A la mobile
Founded in 2005, a la Mobile has already established itself as the leader in developing and delivering one-stop, commercial-grade complete Linux system stacks for mobile devices: integrated, customized, certified, supported and maintained. The Company’s first Linux system offering – Convergent Linux Platform (CLP) version 1.0 – based on the Qt application framework by Trolltech, was first introduced in 2006 and adopted by several handset vendors.