“A look is enough to notice that the Motorola Q9h is from the same family as the first Q. It is a slim Windows Mobile smartphone with landscape display and QWERTY keyboard, hinting about its message centric orientation. While it is obvious that the two phones have much in common, they are also pretty different, thanks to the more mature look of the Q9h. The Q is rather targeted at the younger customers, while the Q9h looks classier, with one-piece keyboard curved line and rounded angles. Very slim and light weight for a feature-rich smartphone, it fits very well in the hand and excellent in the pocket, which was one of the main ideas when designing it. The used materials are in black, some parts are math others are glossy but both feel great and give the phone an excellent touch-feeling, which we can say is best in class. This is something very important for such phone, as customers who buy it will expect it to feel as a solid mini-computer, and not as a s cheap plastic toy. The only problem we had with the construction was the little play of the battery cover, but we hope this is just our unit, which is a prototype and has been passing through others before us.” Read this nice review here:
Nokia Siemens joins Linux Foundation
“Nokia Siemens Networks has become a member of the Linux Foundation and will work with the organization to improve Carrier Grade Linux, the foundation said on Monday. Nokia Siemens will develop Linux-based technologies for use in User Plane and Control Plane Network Elements and embedded applications. This work is expected to lead to further integration of the mobile and carrier grade Linux specification with the Linux Standard Base, to deliver a standard for these expanding Linux markets, the foundation said. “Linux has become a very natural fit for telecom network and device manufacturers who are looking for an operating system from which they can easily and cost-effectively build differentiated services and value,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Linux Foundation, in a statement released by the foundation. “There is no question that the massive success of Linux in telecom is key in today’s new stage of Linux growth. Nokia Siemens Networks will add another level of expertise as we transition into this stage of increasing open development, and we welcome their participation.”A Nokia Siemens official stressed carrier grade interfaces and Linux interoperability.”Nokia Siemens Networks will play an active role as a Linux Foundation member by contributing both financial and technical resources to the Linux ecosystem to make sure it remains state of the art,” said Stephan Scholz, chief technology officer of Nokia Siemens Networks, in a statement. “In Linux, the most important things for us are certified carrier grade interfaces as well as the interoperability between various Linux distributions. We look forward to working with the Linux Foundation and continue to use Linux in our commercially available products.” via infoworld.com
Palm Selects Wind River as its Preferred Linux for Foleo
Wind River Systems, Inc. the global leader in Device Software Optimization , and Palm, Inc. today announced that Palm has selected Wind River® Platform for Consumer Devices, Linux Edition as its open standard Linux platform for future Palm Foleo software releases. Palm selected Wind River Linux for its standard development and deployment environment that will help speed applications to market, while still meeting the requirements for a stable and robust open mobile platform. Along with the platform, Wind River is providing its Wind River Workbench development suite, professional services and customer support to help Palm and its development community attain the efficiencies needed to compete in the ever-changing mobile market. Today’s announcement reaffirms Wind River’s growing leadership as a mobile Linux provider.Palm and Wind River will work to incorporate Wind River’s Platform for Consumer Devices, Linux Edition to the Foleo over the coming months. The Palm Foleo mobile companion is for people who understand that sometimes less is more. With the press of one button, the mobile companion’s large screen displays wireless email from a paired smartphone. A smartphone is great for finding quick bits of information or sending a brief response to an email. But there are times when a full-size keyboard and a big screen is preferred to view attachments, type longer emails, or to get a bigger-screen look at web pages and photos. Plus, Internet access is available anywhere there is cell phone data coverage, or when the Foleo is within range of a Wi-Fi hotspot.(1) With Foleo’s instant on/off capability, light and small size, and 5-hour battery life, Palm expects the mobile companion to establish a new category of personal-computing products. “By building the Foleo on an open Linux-based platform and publishing the tools developers need, Palm hopes to establish a vibrant developer community to create new applications that extend the mobile companion’s built-in capabilities,” said Mark Bercow, senior vice president, Business Development, Palm, Inc. “Wind River’s open Linux platform gives us the reliability, performance and stability we need to continue driving innovation. Palm Foleo allows you to switch between applications at the touch of a button, play a game or write a memo, and synchronize your email. The Foleo makes you more productive than ever on the go.” With Wind River’s solution, mobile manufacturers now have a low-risk choice for an OEM-grade mobile Linux platform, providing a robust development and operating platform. Wind River provides the full service and support of its technologies across a range of complex mobile devices. As a result, customers can leverage the benefits of roll your own (RYO) while receiving the efficiencies of developing on pre-integrated hardware and software. “By offering an incredibly reliable architectural platform combined with an organization committed to operational excellence, Wind River is rapidly becoming the commercial Linux distributor of choice for mobile companies,” said John Bruggeman, chief marketing officer, Wind River. “The stability and flexibility of Wind River’s Platform for Consumer Devices, Linux Edition, coupled with Wind River Workbench development suite give Palm the strategic platform and tools it needs to differentiate the Foleo and help it deliver a solid platform for developers.” About Wind River Platform for Consumer Devices, Linux EditionWind River Platform for Consumer Devices, Linux Edition, is the premier commercial-grade Linux development and deployment solution for mobile handset, digital TV, and consumer electronics manufacturers. Platform for Consumer Devices supports media rich OEM-grade mobile handset features. In addition to a fully tested and validated distribution based on the latest Linux 2.6 kernel technology, Platform for Consumer Devices includes the Eclipse-based Wind River Workbench development suite. The platform is backed by 24/7 global technical support and specialized professional services to help jump-start your next project.About Wind RiverWind River is the global leader in Device Software Optimization (DSO). Wind River enables companies to develop, run and manage device software faster, better, at lower cost and more reliably. Wind River platforms are pre-integrated, fully standardized, enterprise-wide development solutions. They reduce effort, cost and risk and optimize quality and reliability at all phases of the device software development process, from concept to deployed product. Founded in 1981, Wind River is headquartered in Alameda, California, with operations worldwide. To learn more, visit Wind River at http://www.windriver.com or call 1-800-872-4977.About Palm, Inc. Palm, Inc., a leader in mobile computing, strives to put the power of computing in people’s hands so they can access and share their most important information from anywhere. The company’s products for consumers, mobile professionals and businesses include Palm® TreoTM smartphones, Palm FoleoTM mobile companions and Palm handheld computers, as well as software, services and accessories. Palm products are sold through select Internet, retail, reseller and wireless operator channels throughout the world, and at Palm Retail Stores and Palm online stores (http://www.palm.com/store).
Motorola Unveils MOTOMAGX Mobile Linux Platform
“Motorola today introduces MOTOMAGX, its next generation mobile Linux platform. Building on the earlier Linux-based platforms, MOTOMAGX lays the foundation to deliver new levels of openness, flexibility and support for third-party applications on Motorola mobile devices.Up to now, Motorola has sold more than 9 million Linux-based handsets worldwide. In the next few years, up to 60% of Motorola’s handset portfolio is expected to be based on Linux, with the MOTOMAGX platform playing a key role in supporting this strategy.The first products that based on the MOTOMAGX platform: the music-optimized MOTOROKR Z6 and the Motorola RAZR2 V8 handsets, are available now in select markets worldwide. The RAZR2 V8 will be Motorola’s first Linux-based device bound for North America.Today, MOTOMAGX supports applications developed in Java ME, with plans to introduce new WebUI (featuring web technology to enable widgets and Web 2.0 experiences) and native Linux application environments in upcoming releases. These three application environments, combined with the relevant tools available through Motorola’s MOTODEV Studio integrated development environment, will help enable MOTODEV developers to innovate and accelerate time to market for their applications.” via slashphone.com