ACCESS Linux Platform (ALP) is the successor of Palm OSÂ® for Linux. PalmSource, Inc. was bought by ACCESS Co., Ltd. in 2005.
ACCESS wants ALP to become the platform for the development of smartphones and mobile devices for high performance networks, including 2.5G and 3G.
“We believe that ALP combines best-in-class open source Linux components with proven mobile technologies developed by PalmSource and ACCESS’ Linux expertise,” said Toru Arakawa, president and CEO of ACCESS, Co., Ltd. “As a commercial-grade, flexible, open, robust and standards-based mobile Linux based platform, ALP is designed to provide handset manufacturers with faster time-to-market while supporting the goal of operators to offer revenue-generating services, applications and content.”
ALP includes Linux kernel (v. 2.6.12 and above), GIMP ToolKit (GTK+), a popular open source libraries for the creation of graphical user interfaces, GStreamer, an open source streaming media framework,Â SQLite, a database engine commonly used in embedded devices. A number of ACCESS and PalmSource technologies have been incorporated into ALP. Some of them are: ACCESS NetFrontâ„¢ browser, PalmSource messaging and telephony middleware, PalmSource mobile applications including PIMs, multimedia, messaging, PalmSource HotSyncÂ® and Palm Desktop.
ALP features MAX, an application framework designed to deliver an intuitive, easy-to-use user experience and user interface for smartphones and mobile devices. MAX will seamlessly support the concurrent operation of multiple applications and tasks. In addition to the MAX application framework, ALP is designed to support the existing Palm Poweredâ„¢ Economy, the J2ME developer community and the open source community. This flexibility in choosing application models and user experiences enables handset manufacturers and operators to customize their offerings.
ACCESS and PalmSource expect to make the ALP Software Developer Kit (SDK) available to its licensees by the end of 2006.