New LiMo Handsets Hit Japanese Market

Aug 12, 2009

The Linux Mobile (LiMo) Foundation has announced the release of the new NEC and Panasonic LiMo-compliant handsets onto the Japanese market.

Models in the Prime, Style and Smart series from Japanese phone-provider NTT Docomo, in an array of different designs, come with broadband radio and megapixel cameras. However, the handsets are only available in Japan.

The move was first announced by the LiMo Foundation back in April. NEC and Panasonic built the phones, NTT Docomo is responsible for marketing. The three companies are founding members of the LiMo industry consortium whose Linux handsets are in direct competition with, among others, Google's Android. In June, Limo published version 2 of its platform specifications.

According to the Foundation, the LiMo platform currently has 40 handsets from NEC, Motorola, Panasonic, LG and other manufacturers available worldwide. Other founding members include Vodafone, Samsung and the French telecommunications group Orange. The list of core members contains names like Wind River, Telefonica, LG and others. The large group of associated members which includes, for example, Broadcom and Texas Instruments, unlike the first group, do not possess rights to occupy an executive position or distribute the software commercially.

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