Linux Phone Stack Vendor Wins Big in Japan
The Access Linux Platform could serve as a common OS platform for phones sold by NTT DoCoMo and other mobile carriers in Japan. (LinuxDevices.com)Access has announced a potentially enormous win in Japan for its Linux-based software stack for phones and other mobile devices. The deal could see the ALP (Access Linux Platform) serving as a common OS platform for NEC, Panasonic and Esteemo phones sold by NTT DoCoMo and other mobile carriers. As background, Japan's top mobile provider DoCoMo announced in 2003 that it would adopt Linux as the OS for its 3G (third-generation) mobile phones. It had fallen behind competitor KDDI in the 3G market, and felt that standardizing on a single OS might help it catch up. Click here to read about Google's Linux phone initiative.
In response, NEC and Panasonic decided in 2004 to collaborate on a Linux OS. Built on a MontaVista kernel, and running an application stack dubbed "MOAP" (Mobile-Oriented Application Platform), the stack went on to power five generations and counting of Linux phones that are sold mainly for use with DoCoMo's "FOMA" (Freedom of Mobile Information Anywhere) 3G Internet services.