Myriad Group is a French/Swiss software company in the mobile phone sector. It was established in 2009 by the merge of the companies Purple Labs and Esmertec. The two companies had mostly common owners, and the deal was executed so that Esmertec, a publicly listed company, acquired Purple Labs in exchange of shares of the company. The merged company has around 500 employees.
The original Purple Labs was French, headquartered in Chambéry, and developed and marketed Linux-based software to mobile OEMs and ODMs. With its 2008 purchase of Openwave's mobile software suite, it owns the Openwave mobile browser, one of the most widely used mobile internet browsers. Over its history, the browser has been shipped in over 2.24 billion devices, as of the end of 2010.
As part of the new company structure, Myriad now also offers products and services for Mobile Operators, including:
- USSD self-service capabilities
- sophisticated graphical user interfaces (GUIs) on Java-enabled devices (including Android-based phones).
History of Purple Labs
The company was founded in 2001 by Jean-Luc Botto, Dennis O'Donovan, Sebastien Soyer and Jean-Marie Andre. Simon Wilkinson was appointed as chief executive officer in October 2007, shortly after the firm raised $14.5 million in venture capital funding. On June 30, 2008, Purple Labs acquired Openwave's mobile phone client software division, which develops browser and messaging client technologies, for $32 million. On July 31, 2008 the company agreed to acquire Sagem Communication's mobile phone software and associated engineering teams. On 16 April 2012 the company expanded further with the acquisition of Synchronica plc. However, the £23.9 million deal lead to serious financial situation of Myriad. As a consequence, Simon Wilkinson resigned with immediate effect on 26 September 2012. Mike Grant was appointed as co-CEO until a new full-time CEO had been found. Stephen Dunford was appointed as Myriad's new Chief Executive Officer on 4 December 2012.
- Linux Platform
- Application suite
- Purple Magic (reference Linux-based 3G mobile phone produced in conjunction with NXP Semiconductors)
- Myriad Browser (previously Openwave Mobile Browser)
- Mobile Messaging client (previously Openwave, before that Magic4)
- JBed, JavaME Virtual Machine (previously Esmertec Jbed)
- Dalvik Turbo virtual machine
- Cellcube, a USSD portal solution
- Myriad Updates, USSD based Social Networking application
- Sailfish Alliance where Alien Dalvik is used to run Android software on the Jolla company smartphones
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