Movial Becomes Member of Khronos Group

Movial, the company that inspires rich, intuitive Internet experiences, announced it has joined the Khronos[tm] Group industry consortium. By joining the Khronos Group, Movial continues its ongoing commitment to support the development of open standards — including enabling the acceleration of graphics and multimedia on a wide variety of platforms and devices. The Khronos Group is an open, member-funded consortium committed to developing royalty-free standards for mobile and embedded markets. Movial also announced it is contributing the Movial Octopus Media Engine, multimedia enabling source code to the mobile Linux community. Octopus uses the Khronos Group’s OpenMAX[tm] standard and enables easy integration of multimedia into different mobile applications. Compared with other open source based media engines which don’t allow developers to use the media engine for any other applications, Octopus delivers revolutionary flexibility, acting as a central point of contact for all multimedia use cases.

The Movial Octopus Media Engine controls audio and video content which can be read from local files or streamed over the network. Octopus provides a higher level API (Application Programming Interface) for end user applications to manage multimedia content. Target applications include media players as well as voice and video call applications for devices such as MIDs (Mobile Internet Devices) and Netbooks. Octopus works as a background service that several applications can use simultaneously. For media content operations, such as video calls, Internet streaming and MP3 playback, Octopus uses either GStreamer or OpenMAX IL components.

Developers can immediately download Octopus at The current client API is a D-Bus API and plans are underway to offer an OpenMAX AL API in 2009.

“Usability and user experience have become critical success factors in today’s mobile market,” said Neil Trevett, president of the Khronos Group. “Movial brings a wealth of expertise and understanding of user experience design aspects and we look forward to their contributions to the development of open APIs for next generation multimedia devices and services.”

“Movial greatly values the work of the Khronos Group — especially in reducing the fragmentation in the mobile Linux market through open APIs,” said Tomi Rauste, President of Movial Creative Technologies. “Standard, widely adopted interfaces towards graphics and multimedia acceleration allow design and implementation of highly desirable and differentiating user experiences in an open ecosystem.”

A pioneer in mobile Linux-based solutions, Movial harnesses its extensive understanding of mobile user behavior to design personalized user experiences, from device concept and interface design, to systems integration, third-party application integration, and product maintenance and support. The company’s rich and robust Internet Experience Suite, Movial IXS, is available as a white-label product to device manufacturers and operators worldwide.

Movial IXS uses the Khronos Group’s OpenGL® ES standard to accelerate both the user interface as well as rendering of Web content from the Internet. This new way of using graphics allows any content to benefit from graphics hardware, not only the content that was originally developed to utilize it.

“OpenGL ES is not just for fancy games and 3D navigation,” adds Rauste. “All operator services we use and Internet pages we visit daily benefit from the open APIs. OpenGL ES enables us to use graphics and multimedia acceleration in Web browsing, Media Player and IP communication solutions.”

Device manufacturers and operators rely on Movial’s products and custom consulting services to help increase ROI and streamline and speed product development utilizing open Linux platforms and ready-to-use applications. Movial IXS Toolkit, an incredibly easy to use Linux SDK, leverages the existing skills of Web developers and designers to build incredibly fast mobile device User Interfaces. Movial IXS Toolkit lets Web developers use familiar Web publishing tools and the latest Web 2.0, Ajax JavaScript and XML technologies to deliver exciting user interfaces in dramatically shorter timeframes. Movial IXS Toolkit allows operators to bring their own services, such as online music stores and location based services, to the end device.

Movial is an active participant in over 12 Open Source communities. Open Source projects that the company initiated and maintains include Scratchbox, Matrix, D-Bus Bridge and Octopus.

The Khronos Group
The Khronos Group is an industry consortium creating open standards to enable the authoring and acceleration of graphics and dynamic media on a wide variety of platforms and devices. Khronos standards include OpenGL, OpenGL ES, OpenMAX[tm], OpenVG[tm], OpenKODE[tm], and COLLADA[tm]. All Khronos members are able to contribute to the development of Khronos specifications, are empowered to vote at various stages before public deployment, and can accelerate the delivery of their cutting-edge media platforms and applications through early access to specification drafts and conformance tests.

Movial inspires rich, intuitive Internet experiences for companies embracing transformational technologies. Leveraging its deep expertise in Internet, Linux and mobile devices, Movial seamlessly enables its customers to deliver richer user experiences to millions of people on PCs and on mobile devices. Movial’s device creation, Internet communications applications and design for digital services are generating revenue for industry leaders like ARM, Ericsson, Nokia, Orange, and Telefónica. By delivering highly intuitive and compelling user experiences, Movial has become the trusted source for enriching the way people interact every day.

Khronos, OpenKODE, OpenVG, and OpenMAX are trademarks of the Khronos Group Inc. COLLADA is a trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. used by permission by Khronos. OpenGL is a registered trademark of Silicon Graphics Inc. used by permission by Khronos.