The Linux for Mobile foundation, better known as ‘LiMo Foundation’, which includes some of the industry heavyweights like Vodafone and Verzion, announced on Monday that its member companies are planning to launch cost-effective Linux-based mobile handsets by the year’s end.
The new crop of mobile devices, the group said, won’t be placed against high-end devices in the smartphone category like iPhone or G1, but would rather take on the companies that employ more incomprehensible operating systems like OSE and Nucleus.
The companies that would use the LiMo’s new platform would have a definite edge over their competitors, owing to the flexibility Linux offered in customizing the offerings of the companies by integrating their own software applications.
Members of LiMo foundation, such as Vodafone, Orange, Verizon Wireless, SK Telecom, Telefonica, and NTT DoCoMo, are planning their own mobile devices by the end of this year, the Foundation added.
Quoting the significance of LiMo platform, Andrew Shikiar director of global marketing at LiMo, said in a statement, “LiMo offers the ability to do customization on top of a common middleware platform, thereby allowing an individual handset to be tailored to specific requirements of users in their respective markets”.
In addition to announcing cost-effective LiMo-based devices, the group also dropped a hint about the launch of LiMo Platform R2, along with the development of various reference platforms.
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LiMo has some household names behind it and although the foundation has yet to make some serious inroads, it could well challenge the likes of Android or Windows Mobile as the mobile phone networks try to strengthen their grips on mobile phone design. One can guess that design companies like INQ (which is behind the well known INQ phones) will adopt LiMo, plus there's the possibility of LiMo spilling on the desktop/netbook front is quite enticing.