Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless

posted Jan 30, 2012, 1:23 PM by John Devadoss   [ updated Jan 30, 2012, 1:23 PM ]
Brew (Brew MP, Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless) is an application development platform created by Qualcomm, originally for CDMA mobile phones, featuring third party applications such as mobile games. It is offered in some feature phones but not in smart phones. It debuted in September 2001.

As a software platform that can download and run small programs for playing games, sending messages, and sharing photos, the main advantage of Brew MP is that the application developers can easily port their applications among all Brew MP devices by providing a standardized set of application programming interfaces. Software for the Brew MP enabled handsets can be developed in C or C++ using the freely downloadable Brew MP SDK. The Brew runtime library is part of the wireless device on-chip firmware or operating system in order to allow programmers to develop applications without needing to code for system interface or understand wireless applications. Brew is described as a pseudo operating system, but not a true mobile operating system. Brew is not a virtual machine such as Java ME, but runs native code.