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PalmSource’s mobile Linux shows up on Chinese smartphone

Feb 22, 2006 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive
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Mobile-Review and PDAExpertos have both published photos of a Haier smartphone running the Access Linux Platform (ALP) recently announced by Access and its subsidiary, PalmSource. The photos were taken earlier this month at the 3GSM Congress in Barcelona.

Access and PalmSource announced ALP at 3GSM earlier this month, saying they expect to release an ALP developer kit this year, with products based on ALP following in 2007. The Russian-language Mobile-Review story concludes, “Companies it is worth hurry: market does not stand on the spot,” according to a computer-generated translation from World Lingo.

Although “ALP” is supposedly a codename, it effectively evokes PALM, without infringing upon the Palm trademark that PalmSource sold to Palm about a year ago, the translated Mobile-Review article suggests. ALP has a new kernel, new “Max” interface, and even a new name — yet it can still run Palm applications.

The MobileReview story includes four photos of ALP running on what appears to be a Haier N60 smartphone. Haier is best known for in the US for its air conditioners, but the China-based manufacturer sells a wide variety of appliances. The N60 has been available since March of last year.

Demonstrated applications include the root menu, “Memo” Palm application, minesweeper Java game, and what appears to be a native “Max” audio player. PalmSource may be working with Haier through the “PalmSource East” division created when it acquired China Mobile Soft (CMS) about a year ago.

The full Mobile-Review story (in Russian) can be found here. PDAExpertos has also published a couple of photos of the Haier phone running the Memo Palm application, here.


 
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