Samsung to use Kodiak's Push-to-Talk technology
Kodiak Networks and Samsung Electronics today announced a global licensing and marketing agreement to develop wireless handsets. The handsets will be based on Kodiak's technology, which enables instant voice services applications, including push-to-talk (PTT).
Under this agreement, the two companies will jointly market PTT handsets with Kodiak client software to network operators worldwide. This client version will offers customers voice applications including Kodiak Voice Bridge(tm) - instant group conferencing and Kodiak Voice Notes(tm) - instant voice messaging.
Samsung plans to develop a broad range of Kodiak-enabled phones to address all market requirements, including handsets for UMTS, CDMA and GSM handsets in a variety of form factors. Until now, Samsung had a cooperation agreement with Nokia and was using Nokia's Push to Talk Over Cellular (PoC) technology, which is based on open specification and is the main competitor of Kodiak. The rest of the major wireless handset manufacturers like Siemens, Motorola and Sony Ericsson are also using the same technology like Nokia. The PoC standard has been submitted to the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) group and is expected to be approved by the end of 2005. With the today's announcement Samsung becomes the second major manufacturer after LG to join the Kodiak's camp.