DOCOMO, Renesas, Fujitsu, NEC, Sharp sign up for new mobile platform

DOCOMO, Renesas Electronics, Fujitsu, NEC, Panasonic Mobile Communications and Sharp have announced an agreement to jointly develop a new application platform for mobile phones.

They say the platform will be compatible with both the Symbian and Linux operating systems and will offer improved processing speeds for high-quality video. There will also be enhanced 3D graphics processing for advanced mobile multimedia functions.

Will the new system be compatible with Android? This is still under consideration, apparently.

The goal is to enable mobile phone manufacturers Fujitsu, NEC, Panasonic Mobile Communications and Sharp to avoid having to develop basic application-processing functions on their own, thus reducing development time and costs. The idea is that this increases the scope for investing more resources in the development of manufacturer-specific handset features.

The platform is planned to be offered to mobile phone manufacturers worldwide and the commercial launch of mobile phones incorporating it is scheduled for the second half of the fiscal year ending in March 2012, say the companies in a statement.

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