So far, the future of Access’s ALP platform was more than bleak – after Samsung discontinued the only planned box based on this OS, fans of this particular blend of mobile Linux were left standing in the rain. However, it looks like ALP may be revived:
untitled Can a small Israeli start up resuscitate ALP?

The logo above is the company logo of an Israeli start-up called Emblaze. So far, the boys have done little except produce hot air – but their Monolith project sounds interesting (emphasis by me):

Following 5 year of research, EM has embarked on an ambitious project to design the ultimate holistic mobile device. EM signed contracts in 2007 with Japanese giants Sharp and ACCESS to build, manufacture, and globally market the new device. In addition, EM is partnering with over 20 third-party mobile technology vendors, all of whom are the leading innovators in their specific field of mobile ingenuity. Together what will easily be the most sophisticated and revolutionary device in the market.

The driving principle behind this futuristic project is to create an integrated communications device with a unique user interface and graphics design, the likes of which has never been seen in the industry. This Linux based device is not a mere phone, but rather an application centric device that acts as a full blown media and communications center. Built upon a completely brand new mobile software platform, the Monolith seamlessly integrates telephony and messaging , personal information management, push-technology information and media, mobile office access, GPS navigation and location based services, web browsing, mobile media player, and more.

The Monolith hardware specifications are equally groundbreaking: The device features the ultimate lineup in the mobile technology world, including an extended definition touch sensitive display, unmatched processing power, a high end camera, and virtually every wireless connectivity technology known to man.

Scheduled for release in H1 2009, the Monolith will revolutionize the mobile world and will provide a mobile user experience never before soon.

As of now, nobody knows if the software provided by Access will be NetFront or ALP. However, seeing that Sharp has little experience in OS development, I consider it highly likely that the box will be based on some sort of Access Linux OS (with or without the Palm OS compatibility layer).

We have already contacted Emblaze, and currently wait for a response – stay tuned for further info as we get it!

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  4. Access announces ALP “demo board”
  5. Access repositions Access Linux Platform to target MID’s

4 Responses to “Can a small Israeli start-up resuscitate ALP?”

  1. Sounds interesting…

  2. Sharp had some experience with mobile OSs and pda, their Zaurus handhelds never ceased to amaze me. Sadly they were poorly distributed outside japan, I once had a oportunity to buy one, I still regret not buying it…

    The guys at access must have been cooking something over this last years, I doubt that they stayed with their arms crossed waiting for something to happen, this guys have an amazing platform already developed and waiting to be implemented and Sharp has both the expertise and capability to design impressive hardware. This is the logical moment for both to join to the smart phone arena, the iPhone and android have managed to get people interested in smartphones again but this guys at access, they have an app and dev ecosystem already in place, thanks; of course, to palm.

  3. Perhaps another Gizmondo? Let´s hope not.

  4. Hi,
    bad sign: no reply so far…

    All the best
    Tam Hanna

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