As the day goes on I’m sure we’re going to get more MID-related software news from Open Source in Mobile, the conference taking place in Berlin for the next three days.
The first MID-related press release comes from Fluendo, the media player software company. They’ve announced a codec pack for Moblin that will cover MPEG2, MPEG4 part2, VC1 (WMV 9) and H.264 decoding and will utilise the hardware decoding layers of Poulsbo. "“We are so excited to see the Portable Media Player and Sub Notebook market expansion with GNU/Linux solutions. Our Fluendo codec pack, which now is a mix of software and hardware codecs, has been fully optimized" said Julien Moutte, Fluendo co-founder and CEO. That makes two media player applications in for Moblin-based MIDs now. Real Networks, who also offer a codec pack already have their application on the Gigabyte M528.
Qiro is a location based service that is already established and used by many in Germany. They’ve announced today that their service will be available on MIDs. From their website – "Qiro answers the most frequent question asked on the phone or by SMS: "Where are you now?". Qiro shows your friends in your vicinity on a digital map right in your device’s display. Find a buddy near you, contact him by call or SMS and meet up." Very similar to what Gypsii want to do. The (German) press release is available here.