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Published: February 24, 2012 12:10 PM

NEC CASIO adopts Smith Micro Software’s push-to-talk technology

The 'push to talk' client offers increased communicability for CASIO’s rugged-use mobile phone

Aliso Viejo-based Smith Micro Software Inc., a provider of mobile software, has announced that its push-to-talk technology has been adopted by NEC CASIO Mobile Communications. Smith Micro’s push-to-talk (PTT) client uses a mobile Internet connection to send and receive instant walkie-talkie style calls, as well as advanced setup operations to reduce latency in calls.

NEC CASIO Mobile Communications will integrate the technology into its G’zOne COMMANDO phone, an Android device on the Verizon network designed for rugged outdoor use. The PTT data service provides enhanced sound quality, performance and reliability, resulting in increased customer satisfaction.

“As we began deployments of our first G’zOne Android phone, we encountered an increasing demand for sophisticated PTT technology to be embedded on the device,” said Katsumi Muroi, general manager of the software product development division at NEC CASIO Mobile Communications. “Smith Micro Software’s reliable PTT solution will help us swiftly provide an improved experience for our end users. As a result of integrating Smith Micro’s technology into the device, we are able to address additional markets as well as reinforce our position of delivering superior solutions in the mobile device arena.”

“Our Push-to-Talk technology helps NEC CASIO Mobile Communications harness the tremendous market opportunity presented in delivering its first rugged Android phone,” said William W. Smith Jr., Smith Micro’s president and CEO. “We are thrilled to have NEC CASIO Mobile Communications and Verizon rely on our Push-to-Talk expertise to quickly bring superior mobile devices to market and enable end users to communicate as easily as possible.”

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