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ACCESS’s Linux platform to support MIDS and NetFront Browser Widgets

Staff (Social Media Portal) - 04 August 2008


The mobile internet has acquired a new port of entry today with the announcement by software provider ACCESS CS., LTD., that its Linux Platform functionality now supports Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs), as well as NetFront Browser Widgets for mobile handsets and consumer electronics.  This significantly expands both the actual and potential range of applications available to business people on the move.

Citing over 590 million deployments worldwide, ACCESS claims that its NetFront technology, on which NetFront Browser Widgets are based, is one of the most popular mobile software platforms currently on the market.  As an open web technology resource, it provides not only widget players and content, but also development tools that operators and device manufacturers can use to build their own applications.  Users can trade experience and advice, as well as test mobile widgets for free, on a community site recently launched by ACCESS and entirely dedicated to NetFront Browser Widgets.

As from today, NetFront will be accessible through MIDs running the ACCESS Linux Platform, so that licensed MID manufacturers will benefit from the same services that previously were available only for web-enabled mobile phone handsets.  This provides with an opportunity to further customise their service offer and thus strengthen their brand identity.  UI innovations and support for larger displays are part of the package.

The press release quotes ABI Research principal analyst Philip Solis, who underlines that the new offering’s advantages are not to be viewed from the professional’s point of view only, but also from the perspective of the users who will be its direct beneficiaries.  Solis stresses the potential for development that MID technology represents, commenting that, "Mobile Internet Devices will allow people to browse the web better than they can on today's smartphones.  Some of these devices will have support for full cellular voice and, in some cases, will replace handsets. This market will begin later this year and grow to about 90 million devices in 2012."

ACCESS Linux Platform for MIDs is available to licensees immediately.

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