New BREW Client 4-Series

Technologies and solutions developer Qualcomm announced the release of its new BREW Client 4-Series wireless device architecture at the BREW 2007 event last week in San Diego. According to Qualcomm, Client 4-Series offers new platform and developer-facing features to enable handset makers to better collaborate with developers, promising manufacturers a platform to securely expose hardware and software layers to developer partners in order to create new applications for specific devices. In addition, Qualcomm says developers will gain content-framework support allowing for enhanced content discovery, delivery and installation as well as support for security and DRM. Japanese mobile operator KDDI was the first carrier to leverage the Client 4-Series architecture in tandem with its KDDI Common Platform and Qualcomm's Mobile Station Modem MSM7500 chipset software, creating an integrated platform with software architecture consistent across devices.

According to Qualcomm, BREW Client 4.1 is scheduled for availability in the first quarter of 2008 and will include an SDK and three release versions: Porting Kit for MSM chipsets, Porting Kit Generic and Porting Evaluation Kit.

In related news from BREW 2007, Qualcomm announced a partnership with Hutchison Whampoa-owned mobile operator and media company 3 to launch handsets based on the BREW platform. According to 3, plans call for leveraging BREW to offer highly-integrated, feature-rich applications that capitalize on the solution's low-level API access and OTA downloading capabilities. To date, 3 has launched commercial 3G services in the U.K., Italy, Australia, Austria, Sweden, Denmark, Hong Kong, Israel and Ireland, with a total population coverage of roughly 175 million: "Using BREW, we can embed applications on the handset to deliver a single integrated user experience, which in turn will encourage take-up of our services," said Frank Meehan, director and general manager for Hutchison Whampoa Limited's global 3G handset and application group, in a prepared statement.

For more on the BREW Client 4-Series:

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For more on the Qualcomm/3 deal:

-read this release

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