Linux on your phone soon? That will depend on whether the LiMo Foundation keeps to its promise of a release of its first mobile Linux platform in March.
On CNet: the buzz is that LiMo’s going to get the ball rolling way before either the Linux Phone Standards Forum or Google’s Open Handset Alliance gets a move on. Besides announcing the coming first release, it also published the application programming interface or API for developers.
“What we’re doing in this phase is to push the platform out to the whole industry,” LiMo’s executive director, Morgan Gillis, said the week before to ZDNet.co.uk ahead of the announcement.
According to Gillis, the technology’s already been implemented in six LiMo members’ handsets: DoCoMo, Motorola, NEC, NTT, Panasonic, Samsung and Vodafone. Other members include LG, McAfee, Ericsson, Huawei, Broadcom and Trolltech. LiMo is unique in its members building a common shared platform together as opposed to the Linux Phone Standards Forum which instead focuses on open specifications.
The mobile handset market looks set to be fairly interesting. Will mobile Linux ring the death knell for Windows Mobile? With the ease of creating applications for an open platform, mobile Linux just might attract the same developer enthusiasts already coding for standard Linux. How will Symbian fare? Will Palm completely ditch its namesake OS to come up with their own Linux solution? Questions that the rest of us might probably see answered before the year is even out.