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Type Private
Industry Software Engineering
Founded (2002)
Headquarters Palo Alto, California, USA
Key people Peter Hoddie, CEO
Brian Friedkin, Co-Founder
Michael Kellner, Co-Founder
Employees 15 (2008)

Kinoma is a privately held company founded in 2002 by ex-Apple employees Peter Hoddie, Brian Friedkin, Michael Kellner, and Elizabeth Dykstra-Erickson to design and build mobile media products. All four founders worked together in Apple's QuickTime team.

Kinoma initially offered consumer media players for the Palm OS Treo lineup. It expanded its offering starting in 2008 with Windows Mobile 6 and Symbian S60 devices, and in 2012 offered Kinoma Play for Android. Additionally, Kinoma licenses its core technologies for embedded/OEM products including Sling Media, Sprint Mobile TV, and Sony among others.

On February 14, 2011 Marvell announced they had acquired Kinoma.[1]

Kinoma Player for Palm[edit]

Kinoma Player was offered as a default media player in Palm Treo based devices.

Kinoma Player 4 EX was also sold as a premium media player on Palm OS based phones until August 2010, which featured Kinoma Guide and YouTube video search. Kinoma Player 4 EX was sold until August 2010, and reached its support end-of-life on October 1, 2010.

Kinoma Play[edit]

Kinoma Play is a combination media player, media browser, and app platform. The default app in Kinoma Play, Kinoma Guide, contained mobile-specific content from a variety of sources on the Internet. Kinoma Play also had downloadable apps to extend its capabilities, such as, ORB, ShoutCAST, as well as social media clients for Twitter, Facebook, and Foursquare among others.

Windows Mobile 6.X/Symbian S60 - 2008-2012[edit]

Kinoma Play was introduced for Windows Mobile 6.0 devices on August 25, 2008 for $29.95, with Kinoma FreePlay available to users as a demo of the Kinoma Guide. Kinoma Play was eventually made available on Symbian S60 phones on September 15, 2009. No version of Kinoma was made for successive platforms from either Microsoft or Symbian. On March 12, 2012 after announcing Android general availability, Kinoma removed their online store to pay for the app on Windows Mobile and Symbian.[2]

On April 1, 2012 all Windows Mobile and Symbian Kinoma products were discontinued.[3]

Android - 2012 – present[edit]

On February 2011, shortly after being acquired by Marvell, Kinoma announced an Android platform beta of their Kinoma Play app. On March 12, 2012, Kinoma released a preview copy of Kinoma Play for Android to the public, which was offered free of charge, also announcing that the final version of the app will also be offered free of charge.


  1. ^ "Marvell Introduces Kinoma - Revolutionary Open Software Platform to Unify Applications". 
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