Access announced earlier this week a new version of its ACCESS Linux Platform (ALP), the next generation of the company’s flagship mobile Linux platform, as well as the new ACCESS Linux Platform mini, its mobile Linux platform targeted at lower end smartphones and other Internet-enabled devices.
ACCESS Linux Platform sets a new standard for mobile Linux devices. Using Linux technology, the worldwide standard for open source, the ACCESS Linux Platform software combines best-in-class open source Linux components with proven mobile technologies from ACCESS. These components have been optimized and integrated to provide a flexible, customizable and open operating system software platform. Handset and mobile device manufacturers, operators and third party developers with find the ACCESS Linux Platform enables them to design and deliver exciting new products.
ALP v3.0 comes with support for a host of telephony and connectivity options including 3G support, multi-party conferencing, IMPS, SMS, MMS, Cell Broadcast, IMAP4, POP3, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, and more. It supports 12-key keypad with 5 way input and navigation support as well as stylus-based and finger-based touchscreen input and navigation. Desktop and HotSync software allow for synchronization of PIM data (including over the air). A Garnet VM will ensure that Garnet OS (the older Palm OS) will run on ALP-powered mobile devices.
ALP 3.0 requires a processor running at a minimum of 400MHz, at least 128MB RAM and 128MB Flash memory and supports QVGA, HVGA, WVGA (800 by 480).
Have a look at the platform overview for more information on ALP v3.0.
The new ALP mini is optimized for devices running specifications as low as a 200MHz processor and 32MB RAM and 32MB ROM. It comes with a user interface, the ACCESS NetFront Browser, the ACCESS Media Music player as well as other multimedia applications, and support for GPS, mobile TV and more.
ACCESS Linux Platform mini is available immediately to licensees and is already in use in China and Taiwan in devices from Haier Co., Ltd. and Shanghai Novarobo Technology Co., Ltd.