Limo – The first Linux based mobile phone

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The following is from the recent press release announcing the first Linux Software Mobile Phone:

February 4, 2008—LiMo Foundation, a global consortium of mobile leaders delivering an open handset platform for the whole industry, today announced the on-schedule availability in March 2008 of the first release of the LiMo Platform—the first globally competitive, Linux-based software platform for mobile handsets—together with the immediate public availability of the application programming interface (API) specifications.

LiMo’s initial Founder members—Motorola, NEC, NTT DoCoMo, Panasonic Mobile Communications, Samsung Electronics and Vodafone—collaborated on Release 1 (R1), and nearly all of the enabling technology within R1 has been commercially deployed and proven within handsets enjoyed by consumers today.

Complete Press Release

This an exciting first step in what should be an groundbreaking year in the open source mobile atmosphere. With OpenMoko and the FIC Neo1973 entering into its second phase of development, we should be able to touch and feel an open source phone sometime this year, something that seemed impossible a mere year ago. We, the mobile phone customers of the U.S. need to make both lawmakers and phone manufacturers aware that unlocked phones and software are the wave of the future. Hopefully with names like Motorola and Samsung this has some real traction and most importantly some real resources.

OpenMoko Wiki

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If you get the vibe that both of these companies are claiming to be the first Linux phone you’d be correct but as neither has been sold with the ability to make a call or even send a text message this claim to fame will have to wait. Not sure why its a big deal, never heard anyone being all that excited about being the first phone company to use Symbian. Maybe Ricky Bobby was right with his ‘If your not first, your last’ mantra.