Red Bend Software, the market leader in Mobile Software Management and Firmware Over-the-Air (FOTA) updating solutions for mobile phones and wireless modules, announced the general availability of vCurrent(R) Mobile version 5 beginning June 30. The new release significantly improves the user experience as the first FOTA software that gives manufacturers and operators the ability to update mobile phone firmware while a consumer is using the phone. This innovation completely changes the paradigm of how FOTA updates are performed, and eliminates a barrier to adoption by making irrelevant the issue of update time.
Red Bend’s vCurrent Mobile enables mobile phone manufacturers and operators to deploy and install firmware updates over-the-air. The patented software identifies the essential changes from an existing version of firmware to a new, updated version. vCurrent Mobile, which has been adopted by the world’s leading mobile phone manufacturers in more than 100 million handsets, generates extremely compact firmware updates that can be rapidly and cost-effectively delivered onto the handset with 100% accuracy.
“As mobile phones increasingly become integral to all aspects of daily life – from communication to entertainment to business applications, consumers expect their phones to be always-on,” said Yoram Salinger, CEO of Red Bend Software. “vCurrent Mobile version 5 delivers the most user-friendly FOTA experience by performing software updates in the background while the consumer continues to use the phone. Previously, the mobile phone was powered down during the FOTA update, which could take up to 10 minutes. With our newest innovation, consumers can receive and update the latest software directly to their phone without disruption.”
vCurrent Mobile version 5 benefits mobile phone and M2M manufacturers, operators, and consumers with new innovations in over-the-air software updating:
- Background Updates: Today, firmware updates (FOTA) are performed while taking the mobile phone offline. Red Bend’s Background Update feature, developed with patented core algorithms, changes this paradigm by making the update process virtually seamless to the consumer. Red Bend’s Background Update feature allows access to the complete functionality of the handset while the firmware image is being updated, enabling the user to decide when to reboot the phone and activate the new software version. This innovation makes irrelevant the issue of update time – previously considered a key factor in the user experience of FOTA.
- Revertible Updates: Multiple revertible update options in vCurrent Mobile version 5 improve the consumer experience by enhancing control of the update process – from reverting to a prior source version or canceling an update mid way. This capability affords new revenue opportunities for operators by enabling them to offer new features and applications during a trial period, and then removing the software from the phone if the consumer does not subscribe. Revertible Updates also benefit machine-to-machine (M2M) manufacturers. If the M2M module detects a malfunction in the new software version, it can roll-back to the previous version without retrieving a reverse update file from the device management server – improving reliability, particularly if the malfunction is detected to be in the network connectivity software.
- Performance and Flexibility: Improvements to vCurrent Mobile’s update file size and resource requirements raise the bar in FOTA performance. The algorithms in version 5 reduce the size of the update files by up to 10% and significantly reduce the RAM requirement for compressed images. These performance improvements support the growing trend for large (100MB+) compressed images with a small RAM allocation, enabling vCurrent Mobile to work within any constraints dictated by the platform architecture.
“FOTA’s value is only fully realized if it’s easy for manufacturers and operators to perform the updates, which hinges on a user-friendly experience,” said Matt Lewis, Director of Research and Consulting at ARCchart, a U.K.-based analyst firm, which published a research paper on FOTA. “We believe that innovations like Background Updating will greatly enhance the FOTA consumer experience, driving mass market adoption and making software updates over-the-air common place.”
About Red Bend Software
Red Bend Software helps mobile phone manufacturers and network operators to accelerate the adoption of new services and features, respond rapidly to customer needs, and reduce support costs through mobile software management solutions. LG Electronics, Motorola, NEC, Sharp, Sony Ericsson, and other large handset manufacturers use Red Bend’s firmware over-the-air (FOTA) mobile client software to quickly and reliably deliver compact firmware updates to more than 100 million mobile phones in the hands of consumers. Founded in 1999, Red Bend Software is a privately held, venture capital-financed company with offices in China, Israel, Japan, Korea, the U.K and the U.S.