Though the processors used in handhelds have gotten faster and the amount of memory available in them grows ever greater, the capabilities of handhelds still lag behind those of desktop computers and probably always will. Radixs thinks it has found a way around this. This company is going to introduce later this month a client/server-based operating system for mobile devices that will allow them to make use of the power of a regular PC.
The MXI OS (Motion Experience Interface) takes the form of a client that runs on a handheld device. This essentially acts as a display screen for the server, which runs the actual applications. This frees the user from the limited capabilities of the handheld’s hardware. The MXI OS server will be able to run software written for Windows, Java, Linux, and the Palm OS. All files will also be stored on the server.
Obviously the client and the server need to be in constant communication through a wireless connection. According to Radixs, this can be as slow as a GPRS connection, though increased capabilities, like multimedia, will come with faster connections.
With the official unveiling still several weeks away, details are still sketchy. The company hasn’t said what the hardware requirements for the handheld will be or how it will overcome the difficulties of running applications written for full-sized screens on a small handheld display.
The MXI OS will not be offered to individuals. Instead, its developer hopes to license it to wireless service providers, who will then offer it to their customers.
According to News.com, the company will officially take the wraps off the MXI OS at DEMOmobile, which will be held September 17-19 in La Jolla, CA. It promises to announce several companies who will be offering this service at that time. It expects to see devices running the MXI OS in customers’ hands by the end of the year.
Radixs first began talking about its operating system in the middle of last year but difficulties getting financing and the need for additional features in the MXI OS delayed the release well past the company’s first estimates.