Kyocera Wireless Corp. Collaborating with Wind River to Incorporate Android Mobile Software
Kyocera Wireless developing Android-based mobile hardware and software platform for rich multimedia and communications experience
SAN DIEGO and ALAMEDA, CALIF. – (Oct. 21, 2008) – Kyocera Wireless Corp. (KWC), a leading global manufacturer of wireless phones and devices, today announced that it has begun development of a new product platform incorporating Android mobile software. To support the initiative, KWC is collaborating with Wind River, the global leader in Device Software Optimization (DSO). Wind River will provide a broad range of solutions and services that leverage Wind River’s deep involvement in the Open Handset Alliance and expertise in commercial Linux. KWC was a pioneer in the development of “smart” mobile handsets using open software architecture, introducing several devices utilizing the Palm operating system as early as 2000.
“Our adoption of the Android platform further exemplifies how Kyocera Wireless is driving the convergence of telecommunication, broadband and multimedia technologies in mobile devices,” said Dave Carey, vice president and general manager of the Consumer Products Group at Kyocera Wireless Corp. “We are committed to developing compelling consumer devices that leverage our robust technology portfolio. Our goal is to make Kyocera the leader in Android integration among CDMA device manufacturers in the markets we serve.”
The parties intend for Wind River to provide software systems integration services, including middleware and user interface integration, optimization of Android, and custom integration for technologies from other Open Handset Alliance members and third-party developers.
“The mobile handset industry is undergoing a radical shift, namely the rapid move to create mobile solutions based on open source stacks, supported by ecosystems of developers and managed by a participant-led consortium,” said Jason Whitmire, general manager of the Mobile segment at Wind River. ”As part of being a Linux Commercialization Partner of the Open Handset Alliance, we’re at the nexus of the mobile ecosystem. Our Android systems integration services will provide our broad mobile and deep open source expertise to Kyocera Wireless to help them accomplish their market goals.”
About Kyocera Wireless Corp.
Kyocera Wireless Corp. designs and manufacturers mobile devices and accessories that are driving the convergence of telecommunications, broadband and multimedia. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kyocera International Inc., which acquired QUALCOMM Incorporated's consumer wireless phone business in February 2000. Kyocera also purchased the wireless phone business of Sanyo in 2008, creating the world’s sixth largest cell phone manufacturer. Based in San Diego, Kyocera Wireless leverages Japan's history of creating advanced consumer technologies around humanism and respect for the environment and blending them with a Western entrepreneurialism and style, resulting in a unique design language and a natural, user-friendly interface. For more information, please visit www.kyocera-wireless.com.
Kyocera Corporation (NYSE: KYO), the parent and global headquarters of the Kyocera Group, was founded in 1959 as a producer of advanced ceramics. By combining these engineered materials with metals and plastics, and integrating them with other technologies, Kyocera has become a leading supplier of telecommunications equipment, laser printers, copiers, solar energy systems, semiconductor packages, electronic components, and industrial ceramics. During the year ended March 31, 2008, Kyocera Corporation's consolidated net sales totaled approximately US$12.9 billion (JP¥1,290,436 million) with net income of approximately US$1.0 billion (JP¥107,244 million).
About Wind River
Wind River is the global leader in Device Software Optimization (DSO). Wind River enables companies to develop, run and manage device software faster, better, at lower cost and more reliably. Wind River platforms are pre-integrated, fully standardized, enterprise-wide development solutions. They reduce effort, cost and risk and optimize quality and reliability at all phases of the device software development process, from concept to deployed product.
Founded in 1981, Wind River is headquartered in Alameda, Calif., with operations worldwide. To learn more, visit Wind River at www.windriver.com.
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