Red Bend Software, the market leader in Mobile Software Management, announced that it has joined the LiMo Foundation[tm] as an Associate member. Red Bend will bring its expertise in remotely managing mobile devices and updating firmware over-the-air (FOTA) to the LiMo Foundation. LiMo Founder members include Motorola, NEC, NTT DoCoMo, Orange, Panasonic Mobile Communications, Samsung Electronics, and Vodafone.
“Red Bend is a very valuable addition to the LiMo Foundation,” said Morgan Gillis, Executive Director of the LiMo Foundation. “The company’s excellence in FOTA and mobile software management will help ensure that LiMo handsets can be easily, reliably and cost-effectively managed over-the-air. In addition, Red Bend’s expertise will help operators and manufacturers offer a rich mobile user experience by delivering the latest software improvements directly to LiMo handsets.”
Leveraging standards and open-source projects, the LiMo Platform is a modular, plug-in-based, hardware-independent architecture built around an open operating system, with a secure run-time environment for support of downloaded applications. In February 2008, LiMo unveiled the first wave of handsets using the LiMo Platform. LiMo’s application programming interface (API) specifications are available at www.limofoundation.org.
Red Bend is the market leader in FOTA, with 49% market share, according to independent analyst firm, Ovum. Red Bend’s vCurrent® Mobile FOTA software enables operators and manufacturers to quickly, securely and cost-effectively deliver firmware updates over-the-air to mobile phones in consumers’ hands. vCurrent Mobile, which has shipped in more than 305 million handsets worldwide, is available in 158 mobile phone models from leading manufacturers including Sony Ericsson, Motorola, Sharp, NEC and LG Electronics.
“By joining the LiMo Foundation, Red Bend is becoming part of an exciting movement to advance the development of mass-market, open-source mobile phones,” said Morten Grauballe, EVP of MSM Platforms for Red Bend Software. “We are confident that Red Bend’s experience and best practices in Linux and more than 40 other mobile platforms will help operators and manufacturers offer a rich mobile user experience by delivering the latest software improvements directly to LiMo handsets.”
Launched in January 2007, LiMo Foundation is a dedicated consortium of mobile industry leaders working together within an open and transparent governance model — with shared leadership and shared decision making—to deliver an open and globally consistent handset software platform based upon Mobile Linux for use by the whole mobile industry. LiMo Foundation is open to all vendors and service providers in the mobile communications marketplace, including device manufacturers, operators, chipset manufacturers, independent software vendors, integrators and third-party developers.
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 305 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.