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Linux-based open handset platform on schedule

Feb 6, 2008 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 1 views

The LiMo (Linux Mobile) Foundation announced that its open handset platform is on schedule for release in March. The R1 release of LiMo Linux-based mobile platform will include public availability of the application programming interface (API) specifications, says the organization, enabling software vendors to port applications to the GTK-based stack.

Founded just over a year ago, LiMO is an industry group working to build a common, Linux-based mobile phone middleware platform that will be licensed within the membership under “fair and nondiscriminatory” license terms. LiMo's Founder members are NEC, NTT DoCoMo, Panasonic Mobile Communications, Samsung Electronics, and Vodafone, and Motorola, which recently re-iterated its commitment to using the stack.

LiMo's common integration environment (CIE) is based on Wind River's Eclipse-based IDE, along with Azingo contributions that include a software phone emulator, testing and bug tracking tools, and software management tools. Last week, Azingo announced the formal release of its own mobile Linux stack, Azingo Mobile, claiming it is compliant with LiMo R1.

LiMo architecture

Stated Morgan Gillis, executive director of the LiMo Foundation, “The first release of the LiMo Platform combines technologies already extensively market proven within an array of leading handsets. This will enable initial LiMo handsets to register in the marketplace far more rapidly than handsets based on unproven technology.”

LiMo will present its technology in its booth (8b135, Hall 8) at the Mobile World Congress show on February 11-14 in Barcelona.

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