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Azingo Displays Mobile Linux on TI's OMAP Platform

By Nathesh June 06, 2008
An announcement from Azingo has stated that they are going to demonstrate their Mobile Linux platform on the Texas Instruments OMAP platform at the Computex event in Taipei, Taiwan.
Azingo, formerly known as Celunite, provides next-generation mobile phone software that delivers Internet-enabled, rich user experiences to entertain, inform and enrich the lives of individuals.
Texas Instruments and Azingo have stated that they are working on the Linux platform based on LiMo Foundation software that will suit mobile phone and internet device manufacturers. The platform features touch screen Internet browsing, Web widget applications, audio, video and personalized user applications, which will be demonstrated on a device featuring a TI OMAP3430 application processor.
“We re very pleased to deliver a LiMo-based mobile Linux solution for OMAP technology customers following so quickly on the heels of TI’s membership in the LiMo Foundation”, said Mahesh Veerina, Azingo CEO.
“Through this collaboration, the cost advantages and faster time-to-market opportunities of Azingo Mobile are now available for one of the highest volume, most widely used processors in the market,” Veerina added.
“Azingo Mobile shares TI s commitment to high quality user experiences from both an application and performance perspective”, said Markus Tremmel, TI s worldwide wireless ecosystem manager. “Because Azingo Mobile is specifically optimized for the OMAP platform, manufacturers can immediately enjoy the benefit of easy integration of the latest applications, while customers enjoy exceptional multimedia performance.”
Some critics see Azingo’s Linux platform will end up just like any other in the crowded market of Linux phone software. They say Mobile Linux is not successful as wanted to be because manufacturers come with piece parts posing Mobile Linux a huge integration problem.
Michael Mclaughlin, marketing director at Azingo commented on this criticism saying, “Companies such as MontaVista and Wind River make mobile Linux kernels, while others such as Trolltech, purchased by Nokia just this week, make application development environments. Phone makers typically must buy the different components, and then struggle to integrate them. That puts mobile Linux at a disadvantage against some other mobile platforms, such as Windows Mobile, which comes complete.”
“But Azingo is offering a complete suite of mobile Linux software but will also help customers integrate different pieces if they choose components from different vendors,” added Mclaughlin.
Nathesh is a contributing editor for IoTevolutionworld. To read more of Nathesh’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

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