Sony Ericsson joins rivals for industry standard

Swedish mobile phone manufacturer Sony Ericsson has announced a major joint initiative with Nokia and Siemens that will make the updating of mobile phone software much easier.

Open Mobile Service Interface (OMSI), which is based on web service technologies, is a communication interface that will allow mobile phone software to be updated by the manufacturer directly across a computer network.

The purpose of OMSI is to enable one single PC application to perform updates of any manufacturer’s phone’s software as well as run diagnostic tests, device tests and configure user settings.

In what looks to be an emerging industry standard, Sony Ericsson, Nokia and Siemens are inviting other phone manufacturers as well as operators, application providers and other key industry players to join the OMSI effort.

As mobile phones become increasingly sophisticated, software updates to ensure network security and user-privacy are likely to become commonplace.