When Sony announced the mylo Personal Communicator last week, many were unhappy that nothing was said about ways to add additional applications to this upcoming device.
It is not yet absolutely certain that the mylo is a closed system, but the fact that Sony hasn’t yet even raised the possibility of adding software to it isn’t encouraging.
There is a bit of hope for those who want to expand the functionality of this device, as it has been revealed by that the mylo will run a version of Linux.
Even if Sony doesn’t want third-party software loaded onto this model, there are many developers around the word who make a hobby of modifying Linux-based devices to better meet users’ needs. It’s a fairly safe assumption that the same sort of thing will happen with the mylo.
Since the announcement of the mylo, it has also been learned that Trolltech’s Qtopia platform will provide its user interface.
Qtopia was created for exactly this situation. It provides users of Linux-based devices a familiar way interact with their handheld or smartphone, including an application launcher, file management application, and more.
There is quite a bit of software available for the Qtopia platform, but, as mentioned earlier, it is not yet known whether the mylo will be able to take advantage of this.
More About the Sony mylo
The mylo will be a slightly unusual model. Although it will be focused on communications, it not be able to access cellular-wireless networks. Instead, it will let users connect via Wi-Fi.
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Sony’s latest mobile device will come bundled with a couple of instant messaging applications but not email software. Instead, users will need to access their email through web-based services.
To make typing messages easier, the mylo will have a built-in miniature keyboard.
This device will come with software allowing people to make phone calls over Skype’s VoIP service.
The mylo won’t just offer communications functions, though. It will also allow users to listen to music or watch watch videos on its 2.4-inch, QVGA screen.
It will not, however, offer a suite of PIM applications, which would allow mylo owners to use it to keep track of their schedule, for example.
Sony expects this model to go on sale next month for $350.
More information on this device can be found on Sony’s web site.