Richardson, Texas – AT&T plans Feb. 13
availability of its first quick-messaging phone to incorporate Qualcomm’s
operating system, designed to bring smartphone functionality to
MP, short for Brew Mobile Platform, enables the use of downloadable apps that
are more robust than the apps currently available for phones that lack a smartphone
OS. The platform can run on lower-end chipsets with lower speed and lower
memory capacity while supporting Java and Adobe Flash.
In the past, quick-messaging phones
systems specific to each device maker, but with Brew MP, software developers will write one application
and “generally” be
able to offer it for use on any Brew-based AT&T phone, the carrier said.
“We plan for all future quick-messaging
phones to feature Brew MP,” a spokesman told TWICE. AT&T’s other
quick-messaging devices run Java, “and we will still support it,” he said.
2010’s International CES, AT&T announced its plans for Brew MP and said it would roll out the
first ones in the middle of 2010. At the time, AT&T also said it would
offer a software developers kit to promote third-party apps.
first Brew MP phone, which missed the carrier’s original deadline, is HTC’s
Freestyle 3G touchscreen phone, retailing for $99.99 with two-year contract and
required unlimited-messaging plan.
It’s also AT&T’s first quick-messaging phone to incorporate HTC’s
user interface, which has been available on HTC smartphones.
850/1900MHz HSDPA-equipped Freestyle features 3.2-inch touchscreen, aluminum
unibody construction. It is also the first quick-messaging phone to feature the
HTC Sense experience with customizable home-screen widgets, HTC’s FriendStream
app for integrating
social-network data, HTML browser, 3.2-megapixel camera/camcorder, MicroSD card slot and stereo
Bluetooth. It also comes with AT&T Music and AT&T Radio services.