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Japan firms co-develop mobile platform

Posted: 29 Apr 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:mobile application platform? Symbian Linux OS? 3D graphics?

NTT Docomo Inc., Renesas Electronics Corp., Fujitsu Ltd, NEC Corp., Panasonic Mobile Communications Co. Ltd and Sharp Corp. are collaborating to develop a new application platform for mobile phones that will be compatible with both the Symbian and Linux OS. Commercial launch of mobile phones incorporating the new platform is scheduled in 2H of the fiscal year ending in March 2012.

The new platform will offer improved processing speeds for high-quality video and enhanced 3D graphics processing for advanced mobile multimedia functions.

All six companies will utilize their expertise in mobile phone development based on their respective experiences in using existing platforms for either Symbian or Linux. In particular, the new platform will enable mobile phone manufacturers Fujitsu, NEC, Panasonic Mobile Communications and Sharp to avoid having to develop basic application-processing functions on their own, thereby allowing them to significantly reduce development time and costs and conversely invest more time and resources in the development of manufacturer-specific handset features.

The platform is planned to be offered to mobile phone manufacturers worldwide. Compatibility with open OS such as Android also is under consideration.

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