First ALP-Powered Smartphone Debuting this Month

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The first smartphone running Access’s ALP could be out next month. This device — the Emblaze Mobile Edelweiss — will have a very high-resolution screen, 3G, and other high-end features.

ALP (Access Linux Platform) is one of the successors to the Palm OS, and is being developed by the division of Access that was PalmSource before it was acquired.

Currently, the only company actively working on an ALP-powered smartphone is Emblaze Mobile, which has several devices is development.

Emblaze Mobile EdelweissOne of these — code-named Edelweiss — is going to be released later month in Russia by MTS.

An Overview of the Emblaze Mobile Edelweiss

The first thing that generally catches peoples’ eye is this smartphone’s display: a 480-by-854-pixel, 3.5-inch touchscreen with haptic feedback.

It will offer a wide variety of wireless options: quad-band GSM, tri-band 3.6 Mbps HSDPA, Wi-Fi b/g, and Bluetooth 2.0. 

This ALP-based smartphone will have a processor from TI and either 16 GB or 8 GB of internal storage.

The Edelweiss will also include a GPS receiver, 3.2 MPx camera, tilt sensor, and 3.5 mm headset jack.

All this will go into a device that 4.5 inches tall, 2.2 inches wide, 0.5 inches thick (115 mm x 56 mm x 12 mm) and 130 g.

Additional information on this model can be found at edelweiss-mobile.com.

But Wait, There’s More

Emblaze Mobile is also working on a second device, which it calls the Monolith. It is collaborating with Access and Sharp to create “an application centric device that acts as a full blown media and communications center.”

Details are still sketchy, but this device is expected to offer telephony and messaging, personal information management (PIM), mobile office access, GPS navigation and location-based services, web browsing, media player, and more.

The Monolith will include a touchscreen, a high-end camera, and, in Emblaze Mobile’s words, “virtually every wireless connectivity technology known to man”.

This Mobile Internet Device (MID) is scheduled for release in the first half of 2009.

More About ALP

After Access purchased PalmSource in 2005, it acquired the rights to the Palm OS, and its successor, the Access Linux Platform (ALP).

ALP will offer a new user interface and the ability to run to thousands of Palm OS-based applications available now, as well as the ability to run native applications written specifically for this new OS.

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