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Kunlun platform aims for sub-$100 Android phones

Dec 22, 2010, 20:47 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Eric Brown)

" Wind River announced a partnership with Chinese telecommunications firm Via Telecom to develop low-cost Android phones using Wind River Platform for Android. It's said the "Kunlun" reference platform will enable OEMs to offer sub-$100 CDMA phones using Via Telecom's 3G EVDO Rev. A and 1xRTT modem, phone board, and telephony software.

"The Kunlun platform aims for what many believe will be the fastest growing segment of the Android market in the next few years: mass-market phones aimed at emerging giants like China, India, and Brazil. Kunlun initially targets the Chinese market, but is touted as a common platform to create Android devices that can be easily adapted for other markets, as well.

"Kunlun-based devices will offer features such as GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, FM radio, camera, touchpad, keyboard, and microSD, says Intel subsidiary Wind River. The mention of the touchpad – or lack of any mention of a touchscreen -- suggests that the platform will focus on a very low-end segment indeed."

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