Feeds

Qualcomm dials Cambridge to enter UI business

Trigenix swoop

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

All of a sudden, everyone wants to be in the business of making user interfaces for mobile phones. In a move that's sure to raise eyebrows - we can only guess by how far, and at what angle - even Qualcomm has got in on the act.

The CDMA chipset and licensing giant has snapped up the impeccably-connected British software company Trigenix - formerly 3G Labs - which allows operators to create custom user interfaces. T-Mobile became Trigenix's first customer last March, when it rolled out its T-Zones using Trigenix Trigplayer software. Trigenix runs on top of the major native phone operating systems, Symbian and, since June, Qualcomm's own BREW too.

Qualcomm will pay $36m for the 54-person strong outfit, which is a snip considering its potential in the European market - something Qualcomm was keen to stress in its accompanying material. Qualcomm already offers its existing carrier customers billing infrastructure and a development environment in BREW, so Trigenix gives it a much more compelling offering.

Although it looks very flashy, incorporating such effects as alpha blending, Trigplayer presents application developers with familiar XML, and operators can update the modular UI over the air.

The acquisition puts Qualcomm on a collision course with OpenWave, which also touts a portable development environment for operators, and fires a warning shot for the smartphone OS vendors Symbian, Nokia, Microsoft and PalmSource to look sharpish.

The story of Symbian's involvement in user interface design over the past six years could fill a short (but not terribly interesting, we admit) novella. Asked if there was one thing he'd do differently, given his time again, founding CEO Colly Myers told The Register, "User interfaces: it was never going to happen ... Everything about those companies is based in their own UIs."

That gives you some idea of what's at stake, as the network operators seek to establish their own look and feel on mobile phones, and companies like Trigenix and OpenWave are a key part of their negotiating armory. ®

Related stories

Qualcomm discovers sense of Iridigm
UI Wars: Sony loves Symbian - grits teeth
UI wars tore Symbian apart - Nokia
Qualcomm stops whingeing, reaps WCDMA goldmine
Symbian owners foil Nokia takeover

Security for virtualized datacentres

More from The Register

next story
Same old iPad? NO. The new 'soft SIMs' are BIG NEWS
AppleSIM 'ware to allow quick switch of carriers
Arab States make play for greater government control of the internet
Nerds told to get lost in last-minute power grab bid at UN meeting
Brits: Google, can you scrape 60k pages from web, pleeease
Hey, c'mon Choc Factory, it's our 'right to be forgotten'
Of COURSE Stephen Elop's to blame for Nokia woes, says author
'Google did have some unique propositions for Nokia'
It's even GRIMMER up North after MEGA SKY BROADBAND OUTAGE
By 'eck! Eccles cake production thrown into jeopardy
Mobile coverage on trains really is pants
You thought it was just *insert your provider here*, but now we have numbers
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.