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Linux mobile phone software alliance swells

Aug 3, 2008 — by Rick Lehrbaum — 14 views

The LiMo Foundation, an organization formed in 2007 by Motorola, NEC, NTT DoCoMo, Panasonic Mobile Communications, Samsung, and Vodafone to develop a Linux-based mobile phone software platform, announced this week that its membership has swelled to over 50 companies.

The latest LiMo members are: Cellon, Esmertec, Freescale Semiconductor, Longcheer, MIZI Research, Movial, PacketVideo (PV), SK Innoace, Telecom Italia, VirtualLogix, and ZTE, according to the group’s announcement. LiMo’s latest growth resulted in part from its June, 2008 absorption of the Linux Phone Standards (LiPS) Forum.

How LiMo compares to its competition (according to LiMo)

As illustrated above, LiMo competes with several other mobile device software platforms, including proprietary platforms from Microsoft (Windows Mobile) and Symbian (Symbian OS), the Google-founded Open Handset Alliance (“Android”), and the open-source OpenMoko project (not shown explicitly).

According to the LiMo Foundation, LiMo-based handsets and reference designs are currently available from — or have been announced by — Motorola (V8 Luxury Edition and MOTOROKR E8), LG Electronics (a LiMo phone prototype), NEC (N905iu, N705i, FOMA N905i, and FOMA N705iu), Panasonic (P905i, P905iTV, P705i, and P705iμ), Samsung (SGH‐i800), Azingo/Broadcom (“Martini” 3G handset reference design), Aplix (“Opal” reference design), and Purple Labs (“Purple Magic” reference design).

For further details, visit LiMo’s website. An interesting overview of LiMo is currently available here (PDF download).

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