3LM partners up to launch Android platform

By Wailin Wong
Posted Feb. 15 at 7:31 a.m.

Three Laws Mobility Inc., a mobile software firm that was just acquired by Libertyville-based Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc., has partnered with a number of mobile phone manufacturers to launch a new Android-based platform for enterprise users.

Motorola Mobility just announced its acquisition of Mountainview, Calif.-based 3LM on Monday. The startup, which specializes in Android-based software and products for business users, is operating as its own business unit within Motorola.

The company is partnering with HTC Corp., Sony Ericsson, Pantech Co. and Sharp Electronics Corp. on what 3LM said is the first Android-based system “that supports all of the critical (information technology) device policies commonly requested by businesses and governmental entities.”

This new platform gives Motorola a boost in competing with Research In Motion’s BlackBerry devices, which have traditionally dominated the business world. Services based on 3LM’s platform will be launched in the second quarter of this year, accompanied by devices from the partner manufacturers.

Tom Moss and Gaurav Mathur, co-founders of 3LM, said in a statement that their Android-based platform should help mobile phones and tablets replace laptops as “the primary computing devices” at companies “without sacrificing security or functionality.” Developers can also create more Android-based applications for mobile devices that are geared toward the business user, they said.

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