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Access Announces ALP v3.0 and ALP mini

Access Linux Platform 3.0Access has announced a number of new initiatives around its Access Linux Platform at a company event this week in Tokyo. The company has announced version 3.0 of the Access Linux Platform. Providing little technical details, the company says the new version includes LiMo compatibility and a new advanced UI that features highly detailed visuals, smooth transitions and animations.

In addition, the company has announced a new product based on ALP called the Access Linux Platform mini. ALP mini is targeted at feature phones and low-end smartphones to Internet-enabled, beyond-PC devices, such as portable navigation devices, portable media players and set-top boxes. ALP mini omits Palm OS Garnet compatibility as well as native Linux applications.

Access says ALP mini is well-suited for the more stringent cost and performance requirements of mobile and Internet-enabled devices in emerging markets. According to reports, the ALP subset evolved from the China MobileSoft Linux stack acquired by PalmSource in Dec. of 2004, prior to Access's acquisition of PalmSource. Access added its own NetFront Browser, Java and widget development kits, and other select ALP components to the new product.

ALP mini is available immediately to licensees, however the company has not said when its next generation ALP v3.0 will be available.

Access Linux Platform - ALP

Edelwiess phoneIn device news the company announced that Japan's NTT DoCoMo will use ALP as a successor to its MOAP/L Linux platform and could begin distributing 3G FOMA phones based on ALP in the second half of 2009.

Access also confirmed that the recently revealed Edelweisss smartphone is powered by ALP and will debut in the Russian market, though there is still no word on a date, price or carrier announcement.

"The openness and flexibility of Linux are driving innovation in mobile phones and Internet-enabled devices," said Toru Arakawa, CEO, president and co-founder of ACCESS. "With the introduction of ACCESS Linux Platform mini and the enhanced capabilities of our LiMo-compliant ACCESS Linux Platform v3.0, we can offer our customers a complete range of solutions extending from feature phones through low-end smartphones, to high-end smartphones and Internet devices that will further enable the next generation of mobile Internet use."

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boycott

Gekko @ 10/22/2008 2:31:28 PM # Q

i am calling for a complete industry-wide media boycott of all ALP "news". until there is an actual ALP device for sale in the United States, these jokers should be IGNORED!!!



RE: boycott
mikecane @ 10/22/2008 3:14:21 PM # Q
Would that include gray-market sales through shops like Dynamism?

RE: boycott
BaalthazaaR @ 10/22/2008 4:59:04 PM # Q
What's the fun in that. I'd miss all the ALPOS comments... ALPOS food for dogs that whine. Yummy. Now introducing ALPOS mini for toy sized dogs. Dogs sold separately. Unlimited whining is capped at 20 per article.
RE: boycott
twrock @ 10/22/2008 6:04:00 PM # Q
Sheesh Gekko, you're starting to sound more like Cane all the time. Lighten up.

Besides, I like hearing about "whatever happened" to PalmSource. It's a matter of curiosity for some of us. Just maybe ALP really does have a bright future. I for one don't mind if they do.


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RE: boycott
LiveFaith @ 10/22/2008 9:49:13 PM # Q
** you're starting to sound more like Cane **

Hehe. Just call him CoCane from here on out. :-D

BTW. Yeah, that NTTDoComo announcement is huuuuge! I just think they forgot to mention that they are all the same company at the end of the day. Kinda like Palm announcing that Nova has been accepted for use in Palm phones. Uhhh, well maybe that would be shocking news. :-/

Pat Horne

RE: boycott
SeldomVisitor @ 10/23/2008 3:46:00 AM # Q
> ...Yeah, that NTTDoComo announcement is huuuuge! I just think they
> forgot to mention that they are all the same company at the end of
> the day...

Oh yeah, that's right - I forgot.

Giggle.

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That NTT DoCoMo deal sounds big.

JonAcheson @ 10/22/2008 2:55:33 PM # Q
Granted, NTT DoCoMo also uses Symbian for its 3G phones, so it's not like ALP has a monopoly on NTT's phones going forward, but still, it is a major endorsement.

I'd say the giggle factor about ALP just died down a lot.

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How much was CMS worth?

twrock @ 10/22/2008 5:59:46 PM # Q
...the ALP subset evolved from the China MobileSoft Linux stack acquired by PalmSource in Dec. of 2004....

Has anyone ever seen anything more definitive than our own speculation that the PalmSource acquisition was much more about getting CMS than the rest of the package? It'd be fun to know how much of that huge price ACCESS paid for PS was the perceived value of CMS (vs. the Palm OS). I don't suppose we'll ever here more than speculation though.

In any case, contrary to the predictions of a few of the "brilliant minds" around here, ACCESS seems to be making a go of it.




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Anyone planning on making this a custom ROM for the Treos?

boris1 @ 10/23/2008 7:21:37 AM # Q
Anyone planning on making this a custom ROM for the Treos?
RE: Anyone planning on making this a custom ROM for the Treos?
Gekko @ 10/23/2008 7:32:31 AM # Q

either you are joking or painfully naive.

i'm not even sure if it's possible, but to try to graft an already buggy, primitive OS onto the hardware of a Treo with all of its carrier and telephony intricacies would be a disaster. and all for what? for ALP??? just go buy an iphone already if you want something different!

RE: Anyone planning on making this a custom ROM for the Treos?
SeldomVisitor @ 10/23/2008 7:52:40 AM # Q
I remain locked into the thought that Dmitri (Dmitry?) should rapidly put Android on a Treo Pro. What the heck, the source is available and he seems to ken Palm devices (HTC devices?).

That would be...interesting...lol!

RE: Anyone planning on making this a custom ROM for the Treos?
Ranakanth @ 10/24/2008 11:53:47 AM # Q
Gekko, from someone who jumped ship from a Treo 650 to the iPhone 3G, I'm not that thrilled, actually.

Yes, the screen is big and nice for video, but all of the PIM apps are inferior to Palm OS, I miss my Docs to Go, and it's SLOW. I really miss how fast my contacts or calculator came on my treo.

From the reviews I've read, I think the G1 Android phone would be a better way to go for someone familar with Palm devices.



RE: Anyone planning on making this a custom ROM for the Treos?
Gekko @ 10/24/2008 2:31:29 PM # Q

ranaka - thanks for your feedback on iphone. i think i'd go windows mobile before i'd do iphone or blackberry. probably a treo 800w if i had to. i like a real keyboard and a touchscreen and an "open" OS. hence, WM.

RE: Anyone planning on making this a custom ROM for the Treos?
Gekko @ 10/24/2008 2:37:29 PM # Q

p.s. and good PIM apps are critical. this ain't no party, this ain't no disco, this ain't no fooling around.

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