E28 LIMITED DEBUTS LINUX SMARTPHONE SOFTWARE BASED ON BOINGO OPEN SOURCE WI-FI TOOLKIT
Leading Smartphone Developer Completes First Linux Port Using New Boingo Embedded Wi-Fi Toolkit
SANTA MONICA, Calif. – May 17th, 2006 – Boingo Wireless, the world’s leading wholesale Wi-Fi aggregator , today announced the successful completion of a Linux port of its software by E28 Ltd. (Hong Kong), a pioneer in Linux-based smartphones. It is the first example of the Boingo® Embedded Wi-Fi Toolkit adapted for use with specific Linux handsets.
The Boingo software, also announced today, enables E28 dual-mode smartphones to seamlessly and transparently authenticate to Boingo’s 45,000 Wi-Fi hotspots worldwide. Users of the E28 phones will be able to turn on their devices and enjoy a broadband Wi-Fi connection when in range of any Boingo hotspot venue, such as hotels, airports, convention centers, truck stops, and retail stores around the world.
The open source Boingo Embedded Wi-Fi Toolkit is platform-independent and available for download by developers from SourceForge.net (http://boingowifitool.sourceforge.net). It is currently available for Windows Mobile 2003, BREW and Linux, and includes a porting guide. As long as improvements to the core software module are republished to the open source community, no license fees are required. The code is also available under a commercial license, which eliminates the need to republish changes.
“As a leading proponent of Linux for handsets we believe strongly in the open source model as a way to bring advanced phone features to market in a cost effective way,” said Michael Chu, VP of Marketing & Chief Software Architect of E28 Limited. “Boingo’s toolkit made it easy to add in market-leading Wi-Fi connectivity features that will give our dual-mode handset users the ability to benefit from low-cost VoIP services while in a hotspot.”
Under the terms of the open source license, the software created by E28 will be available to other developers. The independently developed source code, which will be posted to the Boingo Embedded Wi-Fi Toolkit project on SourceForge.net by the end of May 2006, is the first in a series of expected software ports from developers around the globe.
”Consumers worldwide will soon be taking advantage of innovative and cost-saving communications options thanks to forward-thinking companies like E28, which has completely supported our open source program,” said Jonathan Mendelson, Director of Business Development for Devices at Boingo Wireless. “With this software now available to other developers, the Linux world is free to envision new ways of incorporating public access Wi-Fi in portable devices.”
The toolkit is a complete solution that handles all of the connectivity activities (detect, connect, authenticate, log out, and disconnect) needed for a handset to use a Wi-Fi network. Carriers who want to use Wi-Fi access as an add-on to service can easily provision handsets remotely. It can be configured to automatically authenticate at Boingo’s network of more than 45,000 hotspots around the world, allowing users to capitalize on the performance gains of Wi-Fi while carriers and MVNOs leverage the cost savings of the unlicensed spectrum.
E28 Limited is a world leading smart information device solution provider with headquarter in Shanghai of China. It provides Linux mobile smart information device solutions to mobile manufacturers, operators and network partners flexibly from a PCB board level to the total device solution level. E28 provides solutions with customized formats according to customers’ needs which including hardware, software & user interface. It has R&D center in both Shanghai & Hongkong with offices in Shanghai, Hongkong & Chicago. E28 Limited recently has just commercialized a most practical GSM/Wi-Fi Dual-Mode Smartphone to contribute to the FMC society. E28 Limited is also a member of MobileIGNITE, the world’s leading industry association fostering collaboration to accelerate FMC. E28 limited is one of the major movers of mobile Linux OS, mobile VoIP and FMC. E28 limited claimed that all their future smartphone platforms are Wi-Fi enabled with more attractive form factors. For more information about E28 and its subsidiaries, visit www.e28.com.
About Boingo Wireless
Boingo Wireless, Inc. is an ultra-high-speed wireless Internet service available in tens of thousands of locations such as hotels, airports, cafes and other public places in dozens of countries throughout the world. The Boingo Roaming System comprises hundreds of Wi-Fi network operators, which are accessible through Boingo's connection software for laptops, PDAs, dual-mode phones and other embedded devices. The software -- available in SDK and white label GUI versions -- makes finding and connecting to Wi-Fi networks point-and-click simple, improving productivity for people on the go by enabling their device of choice for Wi-Fi roaming authentication. With the largest aggregated Wi-Fi network in the world, coupled with best-in-class software solutions for both laptops and portable devices, Boingo helps carriers and ISPs keep their customers connected with a high-quality broadband wireless connection. More information about Boingo is available at http://www.boingo.com.
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