Red Bend Software recently announced that it is demonstrating its latest Firmware and Software Components Over The Air (FOTA and SCOTA) capabilities at this week’s GSM Association’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.
The FOTA update capability is showcased on the Nokia (News - Alert) N78 and Sony Ericsson C902 mobile devices. The N78 has a Symbian Operating Systems (OS) called S60, and the C902 has Sony Ericsson’s proprietary OS. Both platforms support Java and Web browsing via Wireless Application Protocol 2.0 which uses XHTML and RSS feeds for timely, select updates.
FOTA and SCOTA updates are also demonstrated on Google’s (News - Alert) Android. It is a Linux-based, mostly open source operating system and platform for mobiles. Red Bend is using three distinctly different mobile architectures to illustrate that it supports diverse multiple OS’s.
Besides OTA for the mobile environment, Red Bend’s demonstration extends to FOTA for machine-to-machine modules and is exhibited on the Motorola (News - Alert) G24. The G24 is a multi functional, multi-optional wireless communications module and allows users to choose from Quad-band, Dual-band, JAVA and EDGE (Enhanced Data rates for GSM Evolution) configurations. It works without a hitch with its predecessor G20 and is suitable for security, tracking, telematics, recording sales transactions, and general data, recording and transmission.
Consumers and service providers alike benefit with FOTA and SCOTA updates based on the remote anywhere-anytime concept, provided mobiles and enabled machines are on, in working condition and have full power back-up. This method is convenient, cost-effective and independent of time, geography, service manpower availability, and Internet physical connectivity.
FOTA is all about upgrading, or rectifying, the way a mobile’s OS works. SCOTA works to deliver customized features to the consumer.
Red Bend is confident to also display efficient background updates on mobiles. With this, consumers can keep talking or messaging while the improvements take place simultaneously, yet unobtrusively.
"MSM can offer compelling advantages for the mobile ecosystem with the benefit of additional revenue streams in selling applications, software and services as well as improvements in the user experience of mobile devices,” said Stephen Drake, an IDC (News - Alert) analyst.
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Edited by Michelle Robart