Qualcomm, Oracle join mobile forces

Qualcomm on Wednesday said it is working with Oracle to make Qualcomm's BREW software for cell phones interact with some Oracle databases.

BREW, or Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless, was introduced in February 2001. Its rival is Sun Microsystems' Java. Both let cell phones download software. Carriers use BREW or Java in their devices to offer ring tones, games, cell phone screen savers and other items.

Oracle databases that the software will work with include the 9i Lite, which specializes in mobile devices. An Oracle representative said 9i Lite lets consumers keep working on a Web-based application like a sales order, for example, even if they undock their laptops from their office's computer network. The changes made while undocked are automatically added when the laptop is reconnected with the office network.

9i Lite servers can be used with cell phones or other wireless devices connected to an office computer network and working on a sales order.

News source: Cnet

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