Feeds

Teleca sucks up SurfKitchen

Swedes buy UK mobile shell developer

Remote control for virtualized desktops

Swedish conglomerate Teleca has bought UK mobile shell developer SurfKitchen, promising to keep it as an independent unit.

The idea is to keep research and development and operator sales in the UK, but let the larger organisation take care of deployments and servicing: Teleca boasts around 2000 employees to SurfKitchen's 55. Financial details of the deal aren't being disclosed.

SurfKitchen was one of the few remaining independent shell developers, having outlasted most of its competitors by virtue of landing some significant contracts with Orange and T-Mobile USA to provide top-level remotely-managed handset interfaces.

Surf's local competitor, 3G Labs, was bought up and subsumed by Qualcomm a few years back. Abaxia ended up owned by HTC and Action Engine was bought by MobUI in 2008, though MobUI still offers a similar poduct.

HipLogic continues banging the fourth-party-interface drum, offering its Spark shell as a free download, and SPB makes money selling an improved experience for Windows Mobile and Symbian handsets, though even SPB doesn't try to sell a shell for Android.

With handsets becoming increasingly commoditised there's a new enthusiasm for replacement shells, in the industry at least: whether users want them is another matter entirely. ®

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

More from The Register

next story
YOU are the threat: True confessions of real-life sysadmins
Who will save the systems from the men and women who save the systems from you?
Download alert: Nearly ALL top 100 Android, iOS paid apps hacked
Attack of the Clones? Yeah, but much, much scarier – report
Broadband sellers in the UK are UP TO no good, says Which?
Speedy network claims only apply to 10% of customers
Virgin Media struck dumb by NATIONWIDE packet loss balls-up
Turning it off and on again fixes glitch 12 HOURS LATER
Ofcom snatches 700MHz off digital telly, hands it to mobile data providers
Hungry mobe'n'slab-waving Blighty swallows spectrum
Fujitsu CTO: We'll be 3D-printing tech execs in 15 years
Fleshy techie disses network neutrality, helmet-less motorcyclists
Facebook, working on Facebook at Work, works on Facebook. At Work
You don't want your cat or drunk pics at the office
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence
Download Choosing a Cloud Hosting Provider with Confidence to learn more about cloud computing - the new opportunities and new security challenges.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.