a la Mobile Lands First Handset Customer
GUPP Technologies Inc. Selects Convergent Linux Platform for Dual-Mode VoWiFi/GSM Linux Smartphone Targeting Alternate Distribution Channels
SAN RAMON, Calif., October 23, 2006 a la Mobile, Inc., (www.a-la-mobile.com) the premier Linux systems platform company for mobile phones, today announced that it has successfully landed its first handset customer. GUPP Technologies Inc, ("GUPP"), a subsidiary of 3P International Corporation Ltd ("3P"), has selected a la Mobile's Convergent Linux Platform to be the software engine that drives its Dual-Mode VoWiFi/GSM Smartphone to be offered under the brand name GUPPTM.
"Our success in signing the first customer shortly after the release of our Convergent Linux Platform version 1.0 on September 1, 2006 is an encouraging endorsement of a la Mobile's vision and positioning," said Pauline Lo Alker, President and CEO at a la Mobile, Inc. "With a complete Linux system stack readily adaptable to GUPP's handset hardware, from device drivers and Linux kernel to applications, a la Mobile enables GUPP to bypass a long and technically challenging development cycle, accelerating their time-to-market. We are pleased to partner with GUPP to quickly deliver an advanced Dual-Mode WiFi/GSM Linux Smartphone to market."
In recent years, VoIP has evolved from a primarily corporate adoption to a mainstream consumer deployment. Fueled by today's increasingly mobile lifestyle coupled with the demand for "non-stop" high-speed access made possible by WiFi hot spots in hotels, airports, coffee shops and throughout entire metropolitan cities, the dual-mode WiFi/cellular phone market is emerging as a fast growing segment. More carriers are deploying wireless networks capable of providing high-speed Web connections via mobile phones and laptops. According to a Wall Street Journal Online article published on September 26, 2006, "dual-mode phones will take advantage of existing WiFi networks while extending its reach into homes." ABI Research, a market research firm, projects that handset manufacturers are expected to ship more than 300 million dual-mode phones by 2011.
"We see a growing market trend for a new class of providers to offer handsets and services from a variety of wireless companies in the next few years," said Guy Tessens, Managing Director of GUPP. "Our plan is to capitalize on the combined strength of a la Mobile's mobile Linux expertise together with 3P's long-term relationships with a broad network of distribution channels to gain traction on a mobile playing field worldwide."
The GUPP VoWiFi/GSM Smartphone is the first Dual-Mode Linux Smartphone with a full QUERTY keyboard, specifically designed to deliver ease of WiFi connectivity and superior battery life. The GUPP will give the end user full mobility to make SIP-based (Session Initiation Protocol) VoIP calls, Internet browsing, music download as well as sending and retrieving emails from any WFi hotspot. The GUPP Smartphone is targeted to debut at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January 2007 at the Sands, booth 70648.
a la Mobile's Convergent Linux is the only complete operating system (OS) for mobile phones with an entirely open and configurable platform. It is also the first mobile OS platform that enables a single software stack in binary form to move across different handsets -- even those based on processors from different manufacturers - without tedious and costly porting or modifications, thereby dramatically accelerating time to market and ensuring device software interoperability. The open nature of Convergent Linux provides handset manufacturers with the opportunity to choose the software components, functionality and device look-and-feel that are best-suited for their target customers. Furthermore, the platform is a full and complete mobile software stack (from device drivers and Linux kernel to middleware and applications): integrated; tested; certified; supported; and maintained, giving manufacturers the peace-of-mind to roll-out new product families based on the Linux operating system.
a la Mobile, Inc. (www.a-la-mobile.com) is the premier open Linux system platform and open source technology provider to the mobile industry. Led by President and CEO Pauline Lo Alker, a serial high-tech entrepreneur with multiple success track records, the company's veteran executive management team includes David Rivas, CTO (former CTO of Consumer Software Business Unit (J2ME) at Sun Microsystems) and Francis Yu, SVP Engineering (former VP of Device Product Group at Openwave Systems). Founded in 2005, a la Mobile is backed by Venrock Associates (www.venrock.com), a top-tier venture capital firm in the U.S. with offices in Menlo Park, Boston and New York.
GUPP Technologies Inc., (www.gupp.com) is a leading one-stop solutions provider of Dual Mode Smart Communication Devices for consumers and business professionals. Founded in 2005 by Guy Tessens (Managing Director), a former senior management executive at Philips in Asia Pacific and Sanjay Varma (CEO), a former McKinsey & Co. consultant and VP of Business Development at Alibaba.com, GUPP is based in Penang, Malaysia. GUPP is backed by 3P International, a global supplier of consumer electronics to mass-market retailers in over 15 countries. For additional information on the GUPP Smartphone, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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