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Linux device software provider supports MIDs/UMPCs

Sep 19, 2007 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

Movial is touting its support for MIDs (mobile Internet devices) and UMPCs (ultra-mobile PCs) at the Intel Developer Forum in Santa Clara this week. The Finnish Linux device software and services provider says its Application Suite and Communicator Suite can help Linux device makers deliver great “converged IP communications” experiences.

Movial may be best known among Linux device developers as the originator of the popular scratchbox embedded development tool. However, the company's real area of business expertise is in helping consumer electronics companies create Linux devices. In particular, SIP-, OMA-, and XMPP-connected devices based on the GTK or Qt graphics frameworks are areas of expertise for the company. Key clients include HP, Orange and Telefonica, and Nokia, according to the company.

Movial's product line includes a generic “Application Suite” that is delivered as a “white-label service,” it says. Another product is an off-the-shelf Communicator suite of video telephony, presence, instant messaging and video sharing software. Supported platforms include Intel XScale and TI OMAP.

Tomi Rauste, president, stated, “With Movial's cross-platform, white-label Application Suite, device manufacturers can quickly and easily create new products, while differentiating devices with our highly-desirable, custom-developed user interfaces.”

Victor Donselaar, client software unit manager, stated, “The [Communicator] solution allows customers to move seamlessly from their computers staying in touch with their digital life and low price communication activities while on the go.”

Pankaj Kedia, director of global ecosystem programs in Intel's Ultra Mobility Group, stated, “Intel's low power processors and chipsets, combined with software solutions from Movial, will enable our customers to deliver products with simplified user experiences.”

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