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Headquarters Helsinki, Finland
Key people
Lauri Vilamo (executive chairman) and Jari Ala-Ruona (CEO)
Number of employees

Movial is a privately held software engineering company focused on Internet enabled devices in consumer electronics and telecommunications industries. The company’s software solutions enable rich Internet browsing and IP communications across multiple devices including PCs, smart phones, netbooks, smartbooks, laptops, touch screen devices, cars and set-top-boxes. The company’s service offering includes device concept and user interface design, third-party application, service and platform integration, consulting, training, product maintenance and support. Device manufacturers and operators leverage Movial’s creative and custom systems integration services, including its Android, MeeGo and Qt (framework)services, to help them increase ROI, and to streamline and speed product development utilizing open Linux platforms and ready-to-use applications. The company was founded in Helsinki, Finland in 2001 by Lauri Vilamo, Jari Ala-Ruona and Jon Molander [1]. The company is well known for having created Scratchbox, a cross-compilation toolkit designed to make embedded Linux application development easier and for contributing its Browser D-Bus Bridge code,[1] which allows developers to build widgets that can incorporate phone capabilities such as instant messaging and audio to the Open Source Community. In 2008, the company was recognized by the Linux Foundation for being one of the key contributors to the Linux kernel.[2] Movial is also noted for enabling mobile operator Optimus Telecomunicações, to extend its services to PC users for the first time, via the Movial Communicator PC solution, increasing its subscriber base and offering its more than 2.8 million existing subscribers an additional channel for multimedia communication.[3] The company is also a member of the GSMA's RCS and VoLTE (Voice over LTE) initiative.[4]


Movial provides services and software products to operators and device manufacturers. The company's products include Movial Communicator, a SIP/IMS (RCS and MMTel) application for device manufacturers and service providers and Movial IXS Internet Experience Suite, a white label toolkit and web runtime environment for Linux devices.

Movial's products are used in PCs, mobile phones, netbooks, smartbooks, laptops, touch screen devices, media phones, car infotainment systems and set-top-boxes.

Movial customers and partners include Adobe,[5] ARM,[6] BMW, Ericsson,[7] Nokia, Qt, Qualcomm,[8] Samsung and Texas Instruments.[9] Examples of Movial Communicator customers are Orange, Optimus[10] and Telefónica. The company claims it has the most commercial deployments of PC IMS clients in the world[11]


Movial is a pioneer in mobile Linux and IMS client solutions having participated in creating the first mobile Linux device in the world. The company was formed in 2001.

  • 2001 Company founded in Helsinki, Finland.
  • 2003 First company in the world to cross-compile GTK for an embedded device with touch screen.
  • 2004 Company launches Push-to-video Phone, IM, and Video Camera in one application on Nokia's first S60 phone[12]
  • 2005 Movial launches Communicator client products for PC and Consumer Electronics[13]
  • 2006 Movial Joins LiPS Forum and helps launch the COnverged MEssaging Technology (COMET) consortium[14] Company provides an IMS Client to Trolltech's Greenphone for 3GSM World Congress 2006.
  • 2007 Movial is first company to use web technology in mobile user interface creation, ARM selects Movial to Create a Free Open Source Platform for Next-Gen Mobile Applications.
  • 2008 Company receives FierceMobileContent "Top Mobile Application" Award[15] and is named an Infovision Award finalist. Joins GSMA’s RCS program, LiMo and Khronos Group. Launches Social Communicator at Demo '08. Movial IXS Application Suite launches on Texas Instruments OMAP3 Platform.
  • 2009 Optimus in Portugal "PC-Enables" all mobile phone subscriptions with Movial Communicator. Movial announces support for Qualcomm's Snapdragon chipset. The company announces it will integrate, test, and certify Adobe Flash technology in embedded mobile environments that utilize ARM based Linux under the Open Screen Project. Movial established in Romania (Iasi), United States (Palo Alto) and Taiwan (Taipei).
  • 2010 Company launches new cross platform Movial IXS Browser running on QtWebKit enabling developers to deploy and port touchscreen optimzed User Interface code across any device[16] Company wins "Best RCS Client" award for its Movial Communicator PC 8 Client in the GSMA Rich Communication Suite DevChallenge competition[17]


Movial’s flagship products are Movial Communicator and Movial IXS Internet Experience Suite.

Movial Communicator

Movial Communicator is SIP/IMS client conforming to OMA, IETF, RCS and MMTel standards. It is available on Windows, Mac OS, Linux, Symbian S60 and Windows Mobile operating systems. Movial Communicator is a foundational component of the GSMA Rich Communication Suite program (RCS). Movial Communicator's phone book integrated end-user experience includes 1-to-1 chat, group chat, video calling, instant sharing of images or video during a voice call, and file transfer. Movial's RCS client is available on Symbian S60 3rd edition FP2 and desktop operating systems.[citation needed]

Movial IXS Internet Experience Suite

Movial IXS Internet Experience Suite is an embedded web runtime solution that consists of a suite of tools and applications for fast creation of Linux-based Internet enabled devices. Movial IXS Browser leverages QtWebKit to provide a desktop-like browsing experience on all connected Linux based devices. The solution supports the multi-core capabilities of the latest ARM CortexTM-A9 based chips and has been optimized for the latest Internet devices. Movial IXS Widgets is a multiplatform widget runtime. It includes a set of premade widgets and offers tools for creating new widgets and optimization of widgets for different input methods and screen resolutions. The runtime utilizes Movial's Browser D-Bus Bridge which allows access to system level services and enables creation of system integrated widgets such as VoIP calls and video players. Movial IXS Widgets automatically track widget downloads and usage per user. Detailed usage data allows for better understanding and profiling of users. New widgets can be deployed to the users via the online widget repository based on their usage profiles.[citation needed]

Linux support and open source projects

Movial is well known in the industry for its contributions to the Open Source Community. Key contributions include Scratchbox, D-Bus Bridge[18] and Octopus Media Engine.[19]

Movial is a member of LiMo Foundation.

Architecture support includes both ARM and x86 architectures.



  1. "Movial Opens Source Code", WirelessWeek, 4 August 2008. Retrieved 2010-03-16.
  2. "Linux Foundation Publishes Study on Linux Development Statistics: Who Writes Linux and Who Supports It", The Linux Foundation, 31 March 008. Retrieved on 2010-03-15.
  3. "Business Models for IMS", IMS Magazine, August 2008. Retrieved 2010-03-16.
  4. "Voice over LTE call details", MyBroadband, May 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-15.
  5. "Freescale, Adobe and Movial team up for Flash 10.1 on i.MX platforms", Engadget, 6 January 2010. Retrieved on 2010-03-15.
  6. "ARM, Movial and ST-Ericsson Utilize Qt in 3D Demo", bnet, 10 January 2010. Retrieved on 2010-03-15.
  7. "Movial: End-user experience is the key", Ericsson, 3 November 2009. Retrieved on 2010-03-15.
  8. "Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Platform Gains Momentum among Leading Software Developers", The Financial, 1 June 2009. Retrieved on 2010-03-15.
  9. "A TI and Movial Product Demonstration on Contextual Browsing", TI, 14 February 2010. Retrieved on 2010-03-15.
  10. "Optimus Mass Markets Movial's Webphone Service", TMCnet, 21 April 2010. Retrieved on 2010-03-15.
  11. "Cyta Launches IMS PC Play Powered by Movial Communicator", TMCnet, 24 December 2008. Retrieved on 2010-03-15.
  12. "Push-to-video – Phone, IM, and Video Camera in one application", Movial,25 October 2004. Retrieved on 2010-03-15.
  13. "Movial launches true IP convergence client products PC, Mobile, and Consumer Electronics", Movial,21 September 2005. Retrieved on 2010-03-15.
  14. "Mobile Industry Leaders Launch COMET Consortium to Pioneer COnverged MEssaging Technologies", SOA World Magazine, 15 February 2006. Retrieved 2010-03-15.
  15. "Top Mobile Applications 2008", FierceMobileContent19 August 2008. Retrieved 2010-03-15.
  16. "Movial IXS Browser Running QtWebKit", IQ Online, 17 February 2010. Retrieved on 2010-03-15.
  17. "RCS DevChallenge Contest - The Winners", RCSDevChallenge, 15 February 2010. Retrieved on 2010-03-15.
  18. "Movial brings D-Bus bridge to web widgets for mobile Linux", ars technica, 6 August 2008. Retrieved 2010-03-15.
  19. "Linux devices gain multimedia Octopus". Archived from the original on 2013-01-27.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>,, 16 December 2008. Retrieved on 2010-03-15.

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