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ACCESS Releases Hiker Application Framework™ to Open Source Community

  • Industry’s first open source mobile Linux® Application Framework for commercial use
  • Enables communication between applications to provide a seamless user experience
  • Includes security features designed to enhance application security

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Dec. 21, 2006 — ACCESS Systems America, Inc., a member of the ACCESS CO., LTD., group of companies, today announced that the Hiker Application Framework, designed by ACCESS to specifically to meet the requirements of Linux-based mobile phones and devices, is now available for download at

As part of the Company’s strategy to build the industry’s first truly integrated, commercial grade Linux-based platform for mobile devices, ACCESS developed the Hiker Application Framework as part of the ACCESS Linux Platform.

Announced in October (2006), the Hiker Application Framework provides a set of services to install and manage applications. Released under Mozilla® Public License (MPL) v1.1, the Hiker Application Framework includes security features that enable secure application management and an integrated user experience. The Hiker Application Framework is also designed to enhance application security to prevent unauthorized use of phone services or tampering with critical system data.

The Hiker Application Framework from ACCESS also provides the ability to integrate communication between applications, enabling a seamless user experience for music, messaging and other advanced features.

Making Linux® Mobile-The Need For an Application Framework

An application framework – a way to install and manage applications, along with providing the ability for applications to interact with each other and the user – is a core part of any fully integrated mobile operating system platform.

In addition, smartphones and mobile devices have small form factors with limited memory, storage and display space, and as a result, these devices must do things differently than a PC. Furthermore, the usage model for smartphones and mobile devices is very different than a PC, typically made up of short tasks interrupted by many events such as receiving calls or messages while browsing.  Furthermore, users tend to concentrate on tasks rather than applications. For example, the user will take a picture and send it, rather than launch a camera application and spend a lot of time in it. This difference affects how mobile applications need to be represented and launched, how they inter-communicate, and what resources they require.

ACCESS Application Framework Services
The Application Framework from ACCESS consists of several services or “managers” that are being designed to install and manage applications and enable applications to interact with each other and the user. These include:

  1. Bundle Manager
  2. Security Policy Framework (SPF)
  3. Exchange Manager
  4. Notification Manager
  5. Application Server
  6. Attention Manager
  7. Alarm Manager
  8. Global Settings Services

For a detailed description of the services included in the Hiker Application Framework, please visit:

About the ACCESS Linux Platform

The ACCESS Linux Platform is a fully integrated, open, flexible and commercial grade Linux-based platform designed for smartphones and mobile devices. The ACCESS Linux Platform combines the best-in-class open source Linux components with proven mobile technologies from the portfolios of ACCESS Systems Americas, Inc. (formerly PalmSource, Inc.) and ACCESS CO., LTD.

The ACCESS Linux Platform includes a Garnet® compatibility layer, currently known as GHost (Garnet Host). The Company has publicly demonstrated that most properly written 68K Palm OS® applications will run on ACCESS Linux Platform-based devices with little or no modification.

About ACCESS Systems Americas, Inc. and ACCESS CO., LTD.

ACCESS Systems Americas, Inc. (formerly PalmSource, Inc.), is the Company behind Palm OS®, a leading operating system powering mobile devices and phones. More than 40 million Palm OS-based mobile phones, handhelds, and other mobile devices have been sold worldwide.

ACCESS CO., LTD. is a global company providing leading technology, software products and platforms for web browsing, mobile phones, wireless handhelds and other networked devices. ACCESS’ product portfolio, including its NetFront browser,
Palm OS® and the ACCESS Linux Platform provide customers with solutions that enable faster time-to-market, flexibility and customizability. The Company, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, operates 29 subsidiaries and affiliates within Asia, Europe and the United States. ACCESS is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Mothers Index under the number 4813.

For more information about ACCESS, please visit

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