Qualcomm's BREW Platform Seeing Major Overhaul for 2010
Qualcomm recently announced renewed efforts to make its BREW mobile platform more appealing to developers, handset makers and network operators. The next generation of BREW, which should be available in 2010, will emerge from Qualcomm's collaboration with a number of software companies, including Bitstream, Novarra, PixSense, Seven and others. The goal will be to integrate key software components such as Java virtual machines, device management, browsers, multimedia, instant messaging and calendar applications into the BREW mobile platform directly, rather than adding them as individual applications later. The new BREW platform will also allow developers to write their application once and be able to port it to all BREW-based devices. Previously, developers needed to tweak their applications for each individual handset. These new capabilities should make the BREW platform more attractive to develop for and deploy on feature phones.