February 25th, 2004 Wireless solutions company RADIXS
today unveiled the world's first universal mobile operating system,
which offers users the power of the PC alongside the ability to
create information and be entertained while "on the go."
The launch of the Motion eXperience Interface (MXI) OS signals
a significant change in the way consumers can use wireless devices
for computing and communications.
While existing operating systems offer a stripped-down architecture
where users can only access compromised mobile content, MXI's
core strength provides instant desktop computing experiences and
applications on mobile devices without any redevelopment. MXI
also allows interoperability between various platforms, networks,
software and hardware components.
|MXI enables fully-fledged desktop applications
written for Windows, Linux, JavaTM, Palm and 32-bit console
games to work immediately on mobile devices. Full Internet
access via HTML 4.0 and Flash eliminates the need to strip
down web services. In effect, MXI offers the world's largest
library of combined legacy content and applications for mobile
New Business Paradigm for Mobile Operators
Mobile operators can now use a single platform to provision and
customise existing applications and content to consumers and enterprises.
This ability allows operators to increase data revenue and margins
per user. MXI's intuitive, easy-to-use interface and familiarity
of applications allows for rapid adoption among users.
Proposition for Device Manufacturers
Instead of requiring a different OS for each and every device
(mobile phone, gaming platform or PDA), device manufacturers can
use a single operating system to deliver new and unique handheld
devices to consumers and enterprises. Manufacturers can create
unique form factors for different market segments, with the MXI
OS running in the background, customised for each purpose.
Impact on Content & Application Developers
Content and Application Developers (or Independent Software Vendors)
can deploy their existing desktop applications written for other
operating systems without any redevelopment on MXI OS, allowing
them to leverage the large distribution channels of network operators.
Users can then subscribe for these applications through their
operators, and receive them instantly, on-demand.
"RADIXS MXI will revolutionise the way consumers interact
with their devices, and with the environment around them,"
said R Chandrasekar, Chief Executive Officer, RADIXS. "Users
will no longer have to limit themselves to operating system-centric
applications. Instead, they can choose from an extended library
of applications immediately, regardless of which operating system
it was developed for. Because applications will be offered on
demand to users on a subscription basis, each device can be personalised
according to individual user profiles."
SingTel Mobile to Trial Use of MXI OS
RADIXS has partnered with SingTel Mobile to trial MXI OS on the
latter's GPRS, Wi-Fi and upcoming 3G network. Devices offering
MXI OS can be expected during the second half of 2004.
Mr Chye Hoon Pin, SingTel Mobile's Senior Director (Consumer
Products - Mobile) said, "SingTel always believes in making
communication and data access as hassle-free as possible for our
customers. MXI promises to deliver that ease and effortlessness
in enabling services and applications via a single device. The
good news to our customers is that they can run complete desktop
applications regardless of their host operating systems anytime
and anywhere. The trial on our GPRS, Wi-Fi and 3G infrastructures
is to ensure a seamless handover across these networks, which
will then translate to a seamless user experience for our customers.
They need not bother about which network is serving them. This
will be the ultimate charm for our customers."
Mobilising Sun's StarOffice 7
Sun Microsystems' premier office suite, StarOffice 7, will see
its first mobile version deployed on RADIXS MXI which is completely
compatible with Java. With its global community of open source
developers at OpenOffice.org, with more that 33 million downloads,
StarOffice is the world's leading productivity suite on Linux
and the Solaris OS, and the main alternative to Windows. The software
is affordable, easy-to-use, and based on open standards. It offers
word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, drawing, and database
"Sun's strategic alliance with RADIXS opens new opportunities
for users to experience our broad array of software technologies
on mobile devices," said Barbara Kay, Director of Marketing,
Mobility and Services, Sun Microsystems, Inc. "StarOffice
7 will be the first full-functional office productivity suite
made available on RADIXS' mobile devices along with the many Java
applications on the market."
"RADIXS has worked hard to enhance its core technology and
now that it is ready, we have decided to adopt a strategic approach
to partner with some of the biggest names globally," added
Chandrasekar. "With SingTel, we are privileged to be working
with a visionary and fast growing mobile operator with an extensive
regional footprint covering 44 million subscribers. In our collaboration
with Sun, we are working with an extensive technology offering
of a global leader in network computing."