Verizon and Qualcomm have been working together for a long time, Dick Lynch was instrumental in getting CDMA approved and Qualcomm provided Verizon with apps and development tools. The marriage is not over. Qualcomm gave Lynch an award and Verizon opened up its catalog to Brew developers.
Open Catalog will be available for Verizon Wireless' wide variety of 3G Multimedia handsets and other Simple Feature phones that support the Brew platforms. There will be no device minimums, so developers only need to support those devices that make sense for their businesses, and other costs for validation, testing and authentication will be lower when associated with the Open Catalog.
With Open Catalog, developers will gain more control of their content distribution and can still drive downloads through direct-to-consumer promotional campaigns such as SMS short codes. In addition, their content, regardless of whether it is free or paid, will be discoverable through search and on-deck browsing
Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today introduced its 25th Anniversary Technology Innovation Partner Award Program. The award's first recipient, Dick Lynch, chief technology officer of Verizon Communications, was honored today at Qualcomm's 2010 Uplinq Conference in San Diego. In conjunction with the award, Qualcomm will make a financial donation in Lynch's name to fund the advancement of wireless education.