ACCESS, the Japanese company that powers a wide range of phones around the globe, announced this week that it is extending its Linux platform, allowing it take data services previously available only on advanced phones and make them available on entry-level devices. At a technology trade show in Tokyo this week, the company launched Access Linux Platform mini, which is a smaller-footprint platform that enables entry-level mobile devices to incorporate some advanced features beyond voice and SMS.
In a statement, the company said ACCESS Linux Platform mini "features a scalable and customizable platform that includes a comprehensive application suite suitable for devices ranging from feature phones and low-end smartphones to Internet-enabled, beyond-PC devices, such as portable navigation devices, portable media players and set-top boxes." APL mini includes a set of middleware and customizable applications, an optional Linux kernel enhanced by ACCESS and development kit.
“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.
At the same event, the company also offered a sneak peek at Access Linux Platform 3.0, an upgraded version of its platform designed for advanced smartphones.