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.
Qualcomm's 205 Mobile Platform Brings 4G to Entry-Level Phones
Qualcomm today announced the 205 Mobile Platform, a collection of components that includes an application processor, radios, audio codec, power management, and speaker amplifier. Qualcomm sees the 205 Mobile Platform as a plug-and-play solution for device maker to bring ultra-low-cost feature phones to emerging markets.
Samsung Says Bixby 2.0 to Be Open and Ubiquitous
Samsung today announced a major update to its Bixby personal assistant service. Samsung calls Bixby 2.0 a "bold reinvention" of the platform that will be available not only on phones, but other smart devices, such as TVs, refrigerators, and speakers.
Samsung Adds 'Good' to Its Knox Platform
Samsung today announced the launch of Good for Samsung Knox. Good Technology has long offered mobile enterprise applications and services, including corporate email and application management tools.
Qualcomm's Bluetooth 5.0 Broadcast Requires Special APIs
Qualcomm today said its Snapdragon 845 processor can broadcast music to two devices, such as speakers, without requiring an in-between piece of hardware. According to Peter Carson, senior director of product marketing at Qualcomm, this feature relies on proprietary technology on both the software and the hardware side.