Open Kernel Labs Accelerates Smartphone Deployments with OK:Android

June 04, 2009

Helps OEMs, MNOs and ISVs Deploy Android as a Flexible, Portable
 and Secure Applications and Services Platform

Chicago – June 4, 2009 – Open Kernel Labs (Open Kernel Labs), the leading provider of virtualization software for mobile phones and broadband internet devices, today introduced OK:Android, an off-the-shelf paravirtualized version of the Android smartphone platform. Using Secure HyperCell™ Technology, OK:Android enables Android to be used as a guest operating system running in a secure hypercell on top of the OKL4 microvisor, the Open Kernel Labs mobile phone virtualization platform. OK:Android gives handset manufacturers (OEMs) a short path to developing and delivering new designs with Android. The combination of OK:Android and OKL4 also extends new levels of security and robustness to the increasingly popular smartphone OS from Google and the Open Handset Alliance (OHA).

To date, Android-based handsets have been delivered by Taiwan-based HTC, with additional designs announced by Motorola, Samsung and other handset OEMs. Although Google and the OHA have been successful in engaging device suppliers and building a developer community, semiconductor suppliers, mobile OEMs and mobile network operators (MNOs) still face the significant challenges involved in porting and hosting Android on current chipsets and on new mobile hardware. By providing a flexible framework for Android integration with specific handset hardware and a straightforward way to reuse legacy software in new Android devices, OK:Android helps reduce time to market for a new wave of Android devices.

Since its introduction in 2008, Android has enjoyed a rapidly-growing market presence and bullish prospects for new deployments. One million Android-based handsets have shipped in 2008 as indicated by HTC; and research and consulting firm Strategy Analytics projects nine times that number in 2009. “Virtualization technology is being evaluated by many handset OEMs today, primarily for its significant time-to-market benefits for new phone designs,” noted Andreas Constantinou, lead analyst at VisionMobile. Open Kernel Labs virtualization technology already ships in over 300 million mobile handsets, including Android-based devices where OKL4 runs on the baseband processor. With OK:Android and the OKL4 microvisor, Open Kernel Labs can further accelerate Android adoption for new designs.

“OK:Android builds on the strong synergies between the OKL4 microvisor and the Android mobile OS,” said Steve Subar, Open Kernel Labs CEO. “Both Android and OKL4 are based on dynamic open source projects, both are shipping in volume, and both streamline development through abstraction – Android at the applications level and OKL4 for system software, including Android itself. Together in OK:Android, they offer OEMs, MNOs and ISVs a flexible, portable and secure applications and services platform.”

OK:Android – a platform for Mobile OEMs, MNOs and ISVs

The impact of OK:Android starts by helping OEMs bring designs to market faster, and further extends its impact by incorporating a range of benefits across the emerging Android ecosystem. In particular, OK:Android enables OEMs, MNOs and ISVs to:

  • Offer new options for creating and prototyping Android-based devices and applications with embedded virtualization.
  • Create more secure and robust mobile devices, applications and services with Android and OKL4.
  • Run Android together with other mobile OSes and/or deploy multiple instances of Android on a single device.
  • Consolidate hardware (e.g., base band and application CPU cores) for more aggressive price-points for Android-based handsets.
  • Create new Android-based devices enabled for mobile-to-enterprise virtualization (M2E). M2E is a set of joint solutions developed by Citrix Systems, Inc. and Open Kernel Labs for delivering enterprise applications to mobile devices.


OK:Android and OKL4 are available immediately from Open Kernel Labs and its global channel partners. Contact Open Kernel Labs or visit for additional information.


In conjunction with Open Systems Media, OK labs will be hosting a Webinar: Migration at the Speed of Light on June 9, 2009 at 9AM EDT or 6PM EDT. An accompanying whitepaper will be available for download. Register:

Open Kernel Labs

Open Kernel Labs is the global leader in open source virtualization software for mobile devices, consumer electronics, and embedded systems. Backed by the largest, independent team of microkernel developers, the OKL4 microvisor is deployed in more than 300 million mobile phones worldwide. Semiconductor suppliers, handset OEMs, and mobile network operators depend on Open Kernel Labs to deliver high performance solutions that decrease BOM cost, reduce complexity and speed time-to-market.

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