Guess Android is still in the “over-hyped phase” hence media keeps bugging all of the founding members what’s happening. That being said, SiRF released a strange “working on it” announcement, stating they’ve started the process of “rapidly implementing key end-to-end location-enabling features” to ensure that GPS-enabled Android-powered mobile devices provide an optimal location awareness experience for consumers.
According to SiRF, they will be including such technologies as Secure User Plane Location (SUPL), a standards-based protocol that allows a mobile handset client to communicate with a SUPL Location Platform (SLP), including transport layer security (TLS) for location privacy and multiple session capabilities to provide the most compelling user experience. In addition, SiRF is also implementing support for Android-based assisted GPS (A-GPS) handsets to ensure that the Android platform passes Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) and 3GPP conformance testing for third-party certification… Full release goes on after the break.
PRESS RELEASE – As a founding member of the Open Handset Alliance (OHA), SiRF Technology Holdings, Inc., a leading provider of GPS-powered location platforms, today announced it has received the Android platform software developer kit and started the process of rapidly implementing key end-to-end location-enabling features needed to ensure that GPS-enabled mobile devices based on Android provide an optimal location awareness experience for consumers. SiRF has joined with Google and more than 30 other companies worldwide to develop, deploy and promote Android, the OHA’s open and comprehensive platform for mobile devices. SiRF’s commitment to Android is the latest in the company’s efforts to bring the power of location to the mainstream market by making location an intrinsic part of the mobile experience.
SiRF is actively working on the Android platform to include some of the more innovative features of Secure User Plane Location (SUPL), a standards-based protocol that allows a mobile handset client to communicate with a SUPL Location Platform (SLP), including transport layer security (TLS) for location privacy and multiple session capabilities to provide the most compelling user experience. SiRF is also implementing support for Android-based assisted GPS (A-GPS) handsets, including mobile station based (MSB) and mobile station assisted (MSA) positioning methods to ensure that the Android platform passes Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) and 3GPP conformance testing for third-party certification. SiRF intends to enable its customers to quickly bring Android-based handsets to market by providing Android platform support for a broad range of products based on the SiRFstarIII architecture, including its single-chip SiRFstarIII GSD3t high-performance satellite signal processor.
“SiRF is applying its vast end-to-end location solutions experience in working with leading global handset manufacturers, LBS infrastructure vendors, application providers and wireless operators to deliver a robust, high-performance location capability to the Android platform,” said Kanwar Chadha, founder and VP of marketing for SiRF. “We believe our ardent focus on driving the location ecosystem gives us a distinct advantage when it comes to understanding the handset location capability certification process as well as the subtleties of how GPS and other technologies need to mesh in order to create a truly seamless locative experience for consumers in the applications they care about.”
According to Chadha, consumers would like to see the power of location used to make their lives easier by enhancing the things they already do with their mobile devices. Consumers are looking for a “one-click” location experience, whether it’s to navigate, geo-search, geo-tag, do social networking or access a wide range of location-aware applications and content. With location as a native feature in the OHA’s Android platform, Chadha believes, handset manufacturers and carriers can provide consumers with an out-of-the-box “locative experience” where location permeates everything they do with their mobile device.
“We are only beginning to scratch the surface of what we can do with location capabilities built into our phones and wireless networks, and I strongly believe that location services will play an increasingly important role in wireless,” said Andrew Seybold, founder and principle, Andrew Seybold, Inc., providing consulting, education and publishing services to the wireless industry. “By supporting Android with an end-to-end location solution, SiRF continues to demonstrate its leadership in bringing the power of location to mainstream markets.”
SiRF is a world leader in creating technologies that confer location awareness or location intelligence to a wide range of consumer products, and boasts the largest core team focused on developing advanced, high volume location platforms. SiRF’s flagship SiRFstarIII architecture is regarded by many as the “gold standard” for GPS location-enabling technology. Able to track more than 20 satellites, the SiRFstarIII architecture achieves the fastest time-to-first-fix in the industry, important for consumer applications, and can acquire signals down to -160 dBm, making location awareness practical almost anywhere, including in many indoor environments, and navigation possible through urban canyons and under dense foliage.
Driving the location ecosystem is a key strategic thrust at SiRF, and according to Chadha the positive response to SiRF’s first location ecosystem summit is a very good indicator that the industry is proactively addressing the location awareness needs of consumers. At the recently concluded Location 2.0 Summit, an invitation only event hosted by SiRF in San Francisco, key industry leaders and influencers got together to discuss success stories and proven strategies as well as critical challenges for the location industry. Through its support for Android, SiRF hopes to further accelerate the development and deployment of exciting new location-aware applications and content.