Smartphones Consolidate to Three Platforms

January 31st, 2011 by Chris Allen

Smartphone PlatformsJust last week Sony announced that they would be supporting Android applications on their new NGP (Next Generation Portable), the highly anticipated successor to the PSP. They also announced that they would be allowing content created for the NGP would be available on other Android devices, making the PSP games that developers have built available on a wide range of non-Sony devices. Sony is calling this feature the PlayStation Suite. Essentially it’s a store run by Sony for Android, where users can purchase PlayStation games for their tablets and smartphones. This is a bold new move for a company that in the past has stuck to their own monolithic platform over which they kept complete and total control.

Nokia also looks like they may be going with a similar plan. Rumors are everywhere declaring that Nokia will either be choosing Android or Windows Phone 7 to run on their devices. Nokia CEO, Stephen Elop was quoted saying “In addition to great device experiences we must build, capitalise and/or join a competitive ecosystem”, implying that they are looking to make a move. While it’s clear that Nokia hasn’t settled on Android yet, the very fact that they are looking for a switch indicates the industry is moving towards consolidating into three smartphone operating systems.

In other news, there seem to be reliable sources stating that RIM may be doing something similar with future Blackberry devices. If BlackBerry and Nokia run Android apps, and Sony devices do as well, this is very good news for mobile game developers. Why is that? Quite simply because there will be less platforms to port to.

Already a huge number of game developers are moving to Unity 3D, a game development platform that allows for easy deployment to iOS, Android, their own Web player, Nintendo Wii and xBox 360. Using Unity the developer needs to write one code base that will work across multiple platforms with relatively minor tweaks. The fact that Unity already supports two of the main smartphone platforms (iOS and Android) is a huge win for mobile game developers!

With Sony support for Android apps on PSP, and RIM and Nokia possibly doing the same, this just means more devices we as game developers can target. Of course with our sister company’s platform, Brass Monkey, we also are going to have more consumers that will be able to turn their devices into controllers, and that’s definitely a good thing for us. Will the consolidation of operating systems in the market help your business? Are you a mobile game developer and think this is good news too? I would love to hear your feedback in the comments.

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Infrared5 Joins ng Connect Program

January 5th, 2011 by Mike Oldham

Infrared5 Joins ng Connect Program to Enable High Definition Video Streaming Over Broadband Wireless Networks – Collaborates on Innovative Solution Concept for Retail, Travel, Tourism Industries

Boston, MA, January 5, 2011 – Infrared5™, a leader in web and mobile software development services, announced today that they have joined the ng Connect Program, a multi industry initiative founded by Alcatel-Lucent to drive innovation in services using next generation broadband technologies such as the Long Term Evolution (LTE).

Under the auspices of the ng Connect Program, Infrared5 was hired by lead collaborator MediaTile with support from Alcatel-Lucent to develop software components for the Virtual Concierge, a new solution concept announced today.  This next generation pedestal-type digital 2-way video interactive platform will transform the retail, travel, and tourism industries. MediaTile contracted Infrared5 to develop a combination of open source and proprietary technologies,  to enable high definition video to be streamed over a 4G/LTE network as part of the MediaCast Video Presence system. This infrastructure enables 2-way video chat from any location enabling customers to speak directly to a concierge that could be located anywhere else in the world and have an instant conversation remotely. The kiosk can operate over any broadband wireless network, specifically 4G/LTE, and therefore the device can literally be plugged in and run from anywhere.

Infrared5, MediaTile and Alcatel-Lucent will showcase the Virtual Concierge at the Alcatel-Lucent booth #35469 in the South Hall at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas from January 6-9, 2011.

“This has been one of the most challenging yet rewarding projects that we’ve worked on at Infrared5, and has really made the most of our skills as multi-media programmers. All of the knowledge that we’ve learned over the years, developing open source projects like Red5 Server, and other customer work, have culminated in our efforts with the Virtual Concierge,” said Chris Allen, CEO of Infrared5.  “Working with Alcatel-Lucent and other members within the ng Connect Program has made us realize the market opportunity for us with next generation wireless networks. The Virtual Concierge is a prime example of this.”

“The ng Connect Program and Infrared5 have a shared vision for taking advantage of next generation networks for video streaming, including high definition video streaming that Infrared5 excels in. Working with Infrared5 to develop the Virtual Concierge is just the beginning of our work together on transforming how people connect by taking advantage of 4G/LTE networks, as well as the future of new next generation networks,” said Steve West, Vice President of Emerging Technology and Media at Alcatel-Lucent, a founding member of the ng Connect Program.

About Infrared5

Infrared5 is a consulting firm that specializes in developing cutting-edge experiences for the Flash Platform, Unity 3D and the iPhone. With its all-star team of designers and developers, Infrared5 has excelled at building sites, games, components, virtual worlds and RIAs for companies like NBC Universal, LucasFilm, Adobe, Wrigley’s and Ribbit. Infrared5 is also well known for their leadership role and expertise on the open source projects, Red5 and Papervision3D.

About the ng Connect Program

The ng Connect Program is a multi-industry organization committed to the development and rapid deployment of the next generation of broadband services based on Long Term Evolution (LTE) and other ultra high bandwidth technologies. Founded in 2009, the ng Connect Program is supported by leading network, consumer electronics, application and content providers including 4DK, Alcatel-Lucent, Atlantic Records, BlogRadio, Brass Monkey, BUZZMEDIA, chumby, Connect2Media, CoolSign, Creative Technology Ltd., Desktone, Ecrio, Inc., EON Reality, FISHLABS, GameStreamer, Inc., Gemalto, Genetec, HFMUS, HP, IMS, Infrared5, Intamac Systems Ltd., IVOX, K12, Inc., Kabillion, Kyocera Communications Inc., LearningMate, LiveCast, MediaTile, mental images, Mobideo, Movial, NCR Corporation, Netsweeper, Neusoft Corporation, Nuance Communications, Optical Crime Prevention, Inc., QNX, R360, RebelVox LLC., Samsung, SIGNEXX, Skymeter Corporation, STRATACACHE, [TC]2, TelePresence Tech, Total Immersion, Toyota Motor Sales USA, Inc., TuneWiki, V-Gate, Vidyo, VisionMAX Solutions Inc., Wcities.com, and Words & Numbers. For more information on the ng Connect Program, please visit: www.ngconnect.org. Follow us on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/ngConnect.

Editorial Contacts

Chris Allen, Infrared5                    Tel: +1 617-470-8815               chris@infrared5.com

Pamela Preston, ng Connect         Tel: +1 212-616-6001               ppreston@breakawaycom.com

Alicia Mickelsen, ng Connect         Tel: +1 212-616-6002               amick@breakawaycom.com

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