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 firm’s acquisition of Kinoma, a mobile media software developer.

“As digital devices have become more powerful, creating the software to power them has become increasingly difficult,” said Peter Hoddie, vice president of the Kinoma Platform at Marvell Semiconductor.

Like other open source mobile platforms, Kinoma incorporates applications ranging from social networking to digital media to location to search.

Marvell said it will offer Kinoma under an open source license.

Developers will be able to adapt Kinoma for their own devices. Marvell will also provide two software development kits (SDKs).

The first SDK is for application developers to fully integrate their content and services into Kinoma powered devices. The second SDK is for OEMs and manufacturers to port and customise Kinoma for their products.

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