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Interview with Mot exec suggests Linux smartphone by year end

Mar 30, 2004 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

Business Week has published an interview with Michael Sudol, general manager of Motorola's Linux phone division, discussing Motorola's decision to use Linux in some smartphones. The interview suggests Linux-based phones will appear on the global market — possibly including the U.S. — just before the Holidays.

The article quotes Sudol saying Motorola will “ramp up [its] Linux strategy globally toward the end of this year.”

According to the article, Sudol notes that Linux gives Motorola more control over product release timing, freeing it from the OS release calendar of an external company. Motorola's Asian-market release of the enterprise-oriented A768 and music-oriented E680 coincided loosely with Chinese New Year.

Sudol is quoted saying Motorola hopes its Linux strategy can help it regain its world-wide number two position in mobile phones, recently lost to Samsung. Samsung launched its own Linux-based SCH-i519 smartphone in Asian markets on Dec. 16, 2003, just ahead of both Western holiday seasons and the Chinese New Year.

The Business Week interview also discusses Motorola's use of Microsoft operating systems, its decision to distance itself from Symbian, the adoption of Linux phones by the world's largest telco, and more.

Read BusinessWeek interview with Michael Sudol

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