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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Marvell's open source Kinoma to rival Android

The mobile phone market has another open-source software platform, this time from Marvell, writes Richard Wilson. It joins a market already awash with open-source development environments, the biggest being Android, Mobile Linux and MeeGo. Marvell announced the Kinoma platform at Mobile World Congress 2011. It follows the chip…

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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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