• New online resource supports mobile development of native ACCESS Linux Platform applications

Mobile World Congress, Barcelona, Spain, February 11, 2008 – ACCESS CO., LTD., a global provider of advanced software technologies to the mobile and beyond-PC markets, today announced the immediate availability of the ACCESS Linux Platform Development Suite (SDK and Tools) via a newly-created developer portal designed to provide support and services for third party Independent Software Vendors (ISVs). Successfully field-tested by select ISVs since early 2007, the ACCESS Linux Platform Development Suite has also been productively used by developers creating mobile applications for the Orange Application Package for ACCESS Linux Platform that is part of the Orange Signature strategy intended to deliver a consistent customer experience across a variety of devices and applications.

The ACCESS Linux Platform Development Suite is now immediately available to all registered members of the ACCESS Developer Network (ADN). The ACCESS Linux Platform Development Suite is a complete, integrated development environment (IDE) that leverages open source tools such as Eclipse and Glade, integrated and extended for the needs of mobile applications. The ALP Development Suite includes all the necessary components, tools, samples and documentation to develop, run, test and debug native applications for mobile devices based on the ACCESS Linux Platform. It includes:

  • A complete Eclipse-based set of development tools
  • The Glade 3 Interface Editor for GTK Apps
  • The ACCESS Linux Platform Simulator which runs on the Linux desktop and provides seamless application debugging
  • A Compilation Toolchain: gcc, linker and gdb
  • The VirtualPhone Tool which simulates a carrier network for telephony applications
  • Scratchbox, which enables command-line development and cross-compilation for ARM device targets
  • Headers and libraries
  • How-To Documentation and an Integrated API Reference

Also freely downloadable from the newly created ADN Portal is the ACCESS Garnet VM Compatibility Kit, a stand-alone kit enabling developers to test their ACCESS Garnet OS-based applications’ compatibility with ACCESS Linux Platform. The ACCESS Garnet VM provides the ability to run existing ACCESS Garnet OS (formerly known as Palm OS® Garnet) applications on the ACCESS Linux Platform.

“We have a great history building a successful developer ecosystem and supporting mobile developers,” said Larry Berkin, senior director developer ecosystem & technology acquisition, ACCESS Systems Americas, Inc. “By making the ACCESS Linux Platform Development Suite and ACCESS Garnet VM Compatibility Kit freely available, we begin building and growing a robust mobile Linux application ecosystem benefiting developers, operators and handset manufacturers while providing end users a choice of market-ready applications.”

“The public launch of the ACCESS Linux Platform Development Suite leverages the experience and passion of mobile developers to innovate new product concepts and services for ACCESS Linux Platform,” said Yves Christol, Strategic Marketing, Devices Director, Device Development, Orange Group. “Orange is committed to open innovation and eagerly anticipates stimulating the introduction of advanced mobile solutions for ACCESS Linux Platform in conjunction with Orange Partner, our leading partner program with over 45,000 members worldwide.”

“Bluestreak’s participation in the Orange Application Package project with our award-winning MachBlue platform has been greatly facilitated by the ACCESS Linux Platform Development Suite,” said “Paul Forostowsky, CEO Bluestreak. “Having extensive experience with most major mobile platforms Tools and SDKs, we have been impressed by the ease of development that the ACCESS Linux Platform Development Suite provides.”

The newly created ACCESS Developer Network Portal is a community-driven website designed to stimulate development of mobile applications for ALP. In addition to technical tools and documentation, ADN provides new social networking features to facilitate developer community interaction via discussion forums and feedback mechanisms that include a bug tracking and feature request system.

The ACCESS Linux Platform Development Suite and the ACCESS Garnet VM Compatibility Kit are immediately available free of charge to registered members of the ACCESS Developer Network. Previously registered Garnet developers and new developers are encouraged to register and build a profile on the new ADN Portal. Registration is quick and simple at http://accessdevnet.com.
 
About the ACCESS Developer Network (ADN)
The global developer program for ACCESS, ADN provides technical and business development support to mobile developers, handset manufacturers and operators to assist them in achieving their goal of successfully launching mobile applications and services for the ACCESS Linux Platform.

About ACCESS
ACCESS CO., LTD. is a global company providing leading technology, software products and platforms for Web browsing, mobile phones, wireless handhelds, and other networked devices. ACCESS’ product portfolio, including its NetFront Browser, Garnet OS (formerly Palm OS®) and ACCESS Linux Platform, provides customers with solutions that enable faster time to market, flexibility and customizability. The company, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, operates 29 subsidiaries and affiliates within Asia, Europe and the United States. ACCESS is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Mother’s Index under the number 4813. For more information about ACCESS, please visit http://www.access-company.com.

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