Zi Corporation’s eZiText and Decuma technologies will be built into Access Systems’ upcoming operating system.
eZiText is a predictive text entry system, generally used on phones without touchscreens.
Decuma, on the other hand, is a handwriting recognition system. Users of Sony Clies should be familiar with it, as it was built into many of this line of handhelds.
Under terms of an agreement reached between Zi Corp. and Access Systems, both these technologies will be integrated into the Access Linux Platform (ALP). However, this does not mean that all handhelds and smartphones running this operating system. Individual licensees will make this decision for each of their devices.
Zi Corp. will receive unit license fees from licensees for eZiText- or Decuma-enabled devices.
More About ALP
This upcoming operating system, currently being called the Access Linux Program (ALP), will be based on Linux and capable of running legacy Palm OS applications.
It is being developed by Access Systems, the company formerly named PalmSource.
The full version of ALP will be given to licensees during the first half of 2007, at which time its official name will be announced.