updated 04:15 pm EST, Mon February 9, 2009
Verizon commits to LiMo
The LiMo Foundation on Monday announced six new wireless providers have committed to release LiMo Platform based handsets in 2009. The Linux OS-based phones will become available from Verizon Wireless, NTT DoCoMo, Orange, SK Telecom, Telefonica and Vodafone sometime in 2009. The open-source Linux operating system in the devices will be based on the latest version of the LiMo Platform.
Other wireless providers part of the LiMo Foundation include KTF, SFR, Softbank Mobile Corp., Swisscom and Telecom Italia. The LiMo platform is built around a modular architecture and supports Digital Rights Management. Developers part of the LiMo foundations can use software development kits to write code for Java, browser apps and native code.
There are 33 LiMo compliant commercial handsets in existence, 10 of which will be showcased at the Mobile World Congress this week in Spain from manufacturers NEC and Panasonic as well as prototypes from LG Electronics and Samsung.