Action Engine (supplier of browserless client services for Orange and O2 XDA)and Handspring announced plans to bring Action Engine’s software tools for advanced over-the-air provisioning and device management to Handspring’s Treo family of communicators through cooperative marketing and sales efforts. Action Engine’s tools dramatically simplify device configuration and registration, software maintenance, service provisioning, security, wireless data backup and restore, applications downloads, and more. These tools give wireless service providers sophisticated means of managing devices deployed on their networks while offering significant new data management power to Treo customers.
"Providing simplified device management that ensures a highly satisfying customer experience is critical for operators launching services wrapped around smartphones like Treo," said Joe Sipher, vice president of worldwide marketing for Handspring. "Action Engine brings ease-of-use for device management and wireless provisioning of applications and services. We are eager to work closely with them to bring this solution to our carrier partners and customers."
The companies intend to work together to integrate Action Engine’s Mobile Web Services Platform into the Treo line. With the Action Engine Mobile Web Services Platform, network operators can create, manage and deploy browserless data applications that fully exploit the capabilities of smart devices and operating systems. The companies will also work together on co-marketing and sales in some focused channels, though no timeline is available today with regards to the launch of Action Engine-enabled Treo products.
Said Action Engine CEO Craig Eisler, "Handspring, with its Treo line of Palm OS smart devices, has established itself as an innovative market leader with proven experience and traction with wireless operators worldwide. This is a fantastic opportunity for Action Engine to showcase our smart software for smart device technology, and we look forward to working closely with Handspring to deliver our services to Treo customers worldwide.”
"Mobile operators need to offer services on smart mobile devices that are intuitive and easy to use. The Action Engine approach offers an enhanced user experience by allowing applications to share information. This opens new possibilities for operators and developers to create appealing applications and drive usage of data services," said Michael Ransom, senior analyst, Current Analysis.
The award-winning Handspring Treo family, widely observed as the leading product in the smartphone category, is designed from the ground up to make mobile communications easier than ever before. Treo communicators combine a mobile phone, Palm OS organizer, email, and web browsing into one lightweight, compact device. Built-in thumbable keyboards make sending email, messages, and dialing the phone fast and easy. No other device available today offers the rich combination of wireless voice and data capabilities at such a competitive price.
With the Action Engine Mobile Web Services Platform, network operators can create, manage and deploy browserless data applications that fully exploit the capabilities of smart devices and operating systems.
The Action Engine Mobile Web Services Platform is a client-server solution for smart devices that, by using a thick client, provides a rich and easy-to-use experience, unparalleled network efficiency, and convenient and always-available access to applications and data independent of a network connection.
Action Engine provides a free downloadable SDK for its Mobile Web Services Platform that allows developers to build smart client, smart server applications using industry standard XML. These applications then run on top of the Mobile Web Services Platform on smart device operating systems like Symbian, Microsoft Pocket PC Phone Edition OS and Microsoft Windows Powered Smartphone 2002 OS.