Open Source Engineering: Mobile Electronics

GPL licensing issues surround Android

Here’s an Open Source-related story from our new Android blog, Eyes on Android – Android could be badly bitten by GPL licensing A story on SlashGear suggests submerged issues about Android’s licensing are becoming ever less subterranean… Google challenges Lodsys but Android faces legal firestorm over source sluggishnessBasically…

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Nokia outlines plans for Qt platform

Nokia Qt Frameworks has set out its formal position in the wake of its parent company entering into a so-called “broad strategic partnership” with Microsoft to develop a new global smartphone ecosystem, writes Adrian Bridgwater. After a series of keynotes and meetings with Nokia CTO Rich Green and Nokia…

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Imagination goes Android for META Linux kernel

Imagination Technologies has announced Android support for its META multi-threaded processor family, including META connected application platform solutions. The complete Google Android OS (Operating System) has been ported to run on the META Linux kernel and offers full SMP (Symmetric Multi-Processor) and hotplug features. Android for META runs…

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IMEC Android app targets healthcare costs

Green Hills Software has announced RTOS and virtualisation support for Intel’s latest Atom processor, the E6xx series, writes Richard Wilson. Support includes the Integrity real-time operating system (RTOS), Integrity Secure Virtualization (ISV), Multi integrated development environment (IDE), optimising C/C++ compilers, and DoubleCheck static analyser. Read the full…

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NXP works with Trusted Logic for open source NFC Android API

NXP has worked with Trusted Logic to create its first open source NFC Android API, writes Richard Wilson. It will be used for mobile payments and transport ticketing applications. It can also be used for data sharing between Android phones. The companies first ported the NFC technology to the Android…

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Nokia N900 dual booting into Maemo 5 and Android

One (mostly) open source mobile OS was not enough for one enterprising user. He has hacked his Nokia N900 to dual boot, into both the Debian-based Maemo (version 5)and the Linux and Java-based Android (version 1.6, “Donut”). Check out the video proof, as in “proof of…

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Qt 4.6 for Maemo on a Nokia N900

One to note maybe, for those tracking developments of Nokia’s open source Debian-based Maemo environment, for smartphones and tablets. The mobile phone giant has announced the creation of the official Qt port to Maemo 5 and published an initial Technology Preview release. It means that developers can now…

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Vodafone's 360 H1 handset is first with LiMo, release 2

Vodafone’s 360 H1 handset manufactured by Samsung is the first commercial mobile phone running the release 2 of the LiMo operating system. Vodafone 360 is the mobile operator’s newly launched social media and messaging service, writes Richard Wilson. This is a high profile launch for the Linux-based…

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