Alcatel-Lucent (s alu) today said it has acquired Open-Plug, a software provider focused on mobile platforms, for an undisclosed amount. The purchase provides AlcaLu with a cross-platform development framework that supports handets running iOS (s aapl), Symbian (s nok), Android (s goog), Windows Mobile (s msft) and variants of Linux. Traditionally a network and telecom hardware provider, AlcaLu’s purchase of Open-Plug signals a software value play — the “write once, run anywhere” benefit of Open-Plug will appeal to AlcaLu’s enterprise customers who write in-house software for various platforms. The bigger benefit may come from carriers however; using Open-Plug, a carrier can potentially build a branded app one time and have it support many or all of the handsets it offers.
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