SOURCE: Red Bend Software

January 22, 2008 08:57 ET

Red Bend Software and Trolltech to Bring Over-the-Air Software Component Management to Linux Mobile Phones

WALTHAM, MA--(Marketwire - January 22, 2008) - Red Bend Software, the market leader in Mobile Software Management and Firmware Over-the-Air (FOTA) updating solutions for mobile devices, and Trolltech®, the leading cross-platform software development company, today announced they have formed a partnership to bring over-the-air software component management to Linux mobile phones that use Trolltech's Qtopia® application platform.

Mobile phones have become sophisticated communications and multi-media devices. As functionality increases, so too does the amount of software inside mobile phones. Operators, manufacturers and software developers need the flexibility and control to update, add, change and remove any software component inside the mobile phone at any point during the device's lifetime.

To meet this growing need, Red Bend and Trolltech have integrated Red Bend's vRapid Mobile™ solution for software component management into Trolltech's Qtopia application platform. The joint solution has been implemented and tested on Qtopia-based handsets, including Trolltech's Qtopia Greenphone™. It showcases how the software assets in Qtopia-based mobile phones can be customized for different consumer segments, creating new revenue opportunities in delivering software features, applications and services easily and securely over-the-air.

"With the addition of Red Bend's vRapid Mobile in Qtopia, Trolltech customers will gain unprecedented ability to manage core software and features on-demand," said Benoit Schillings, Trolltech CTO. "In addition, the broad community of software vendors that provide middleware and applications to Qtopia will be able to update or add software to phones already in the hands of consumers, increasing their competitiveness, improving time to market, and expanding the addressable market for their software products."

Red Bend's vRapid Mobile solution will become part of Trolltech's Qtopia Greensuite initiative. Built on top of Qtopia Phone Edition, the Qtopia Greensuite initiative offers pre-integrated market leading partner components on top of Qtopia Phone Edition.

With Red Bend's vRapid Mobile, operators can instantly deliver new revenue-generating services to their entire subscriber base, without waiting for new handsets to become available. Manufacturers can provide consumers with the ability to personalize the core functions of their phones to match their lifestyles. Software developers can reduce time-to-market for deploying new features and versions of their Qtopia-based applications.

"Our partnership with Trolltech enables us to extend the benefits of software component management to the many manufacturers, operators and developers that use Qtopia," said Morten Grauballe, EVP of Marketing for Red Bend Software. "Red Bend's vRapid Mobile delivers a comprehensive approach to software management on any mobile platform, including Linux, by providing greater control over applications, services and embedded software."

To see a live demonstration of the integrated solution at Mobile World Congress 2008, February 11-14 in Barcelona, visit Red Bend in suite 4.3HS50 in Hall 4, or Trolltech in stand #2C72 in Hall 2.

About Trolltech

Trolltech® creates cross-platform application development platforms for desktop and mobile device innovation. Trolltech's software increases the appeal of our customer's desktop applications and devices while reducing their risks and software development costs. Trolltech's technologies accelerate the evolution of software by unleashing the creative power of the developer.

Trolltech software is the foundation for thousands of leading products worldwide, many from Global 2000 companies. Trolltech is a second-generation open source company, with a dual licensing business model that supports open source values and methodology in a profitable, sustainable business. The company is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol TROLL. For more information about Trolltech, please visit http://www.trolltech.com.

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 255 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. More information is available at www.redbend.com.

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