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Samsung to Try Out Tizen Smartphone in Russia

Samsung this week officially launched its long-anticipated Tizen phone, at the Tizen Developer Conference being held in San Francisco through Wednesday. One description of Tizen is that it's an open source Linux-based operating system from Samsung -- but that might be open to debate. The Samsung Z T...

What’s Up With Tizen?

Consumers might soon have access to cheaper, more talented smartphones that could challenge the market dominance of Android and iOS. At least that is the promise from the Tizen Association. The growing group of phone makers and application developers recently launched a partner program with 36 compa...

AllSeen Alliance to Standardize Internet of Things

The Linux Foundation on Tuesday announced the formation of the AllSeen Alliance, a cross-industry consortium working on a standard of interoperability among devices connected to the Internet of Things. LG will incorporate the Alliance's technology into the smart TVs it offers next year. The alliance...

Ultrabooks, Tablets and the Space Between

The stage is set for a new battle of mobile form factors. The winner could set a new non-desktop standard for consumers and office workers looking for a better alternative to bulky laptops. Lighter, thinner and more powerful are the key factors guiding the designs of tablets, convertibles, hybrids a...

GNOME Bands With LiMo to Build Mobile Linux Inroads

The LiMo Foundation and the GNOME Foundation on Monday announced that they have begun working together as partners to further open source innovation. Starting immediately, LiMo Foundation will become a member of the GNOME Foundation's advisory board and the GNOME Foundation will become an industry l...

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Who You Gonna Call? Q&A With Software Freedom Law Center’s Eben Moglen

The Software Freedom Law Center provides free legal representation and other law-related services to open source software developers. The organization began in 2005 under the direction of Eben Moglen, a professor of law and legal history at Columbia University Law School. His law center represents m...

Another Linux-Compatible Mobile OS Is in the Oven

Targeting a market already replete with numerous contenders, a consortium of six Japanese firms announced plans to build a new mobile operating system that will be compatible at least with Linux and Symbian -- and possibly with Android too. NTT Docomo, Renesas Electronics, Fujitsu, NEC, Panasonic Mo...

Intel, Nokia Hold Their Breath as Devs Start Noodling With MeeGo

The MeeGo community, formed by Intel and Nokia, on Thursday released the MeeGo distribution infrastructure and operating system base to developers. Images released are Intel Atom-based netbooks; ARM-based Nokia N900; and Intel Atom-based handsets running on the Moorestown chip. The Thursday release ...

LiMo Revs Up for R2 Handset Drive

The LiMo Foundation, a consortium dedicated to creating an open, hardware-independent, Linux-based operating system for mobile devices delivered a one- two- punch to the mobile industry Thursday. First, Morgan Gillis, executive director, announced that consortium members are "moving into full commer...

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Trade-Offs, Evolution and the Truth About Mobile Phone Development

It has been said that a great user experience in mobile phone offerings is a combination of good engineering, marketing and graphical and user interface design. More importantly, it is about keeping the balance between all these elements. This is why the term "trade-off" is a recurrent one in the mo...

Where Are the LiMo App Developers?

LiMo Foundation, a Linux mobile operating system consortium, announced that two of its members -- NEC and Panasonic -- are shipping the latest round of LiMo-compliant devices. NTT Docomo plans to use the new handsets in its Prime and Style series of phones, marketed primarily in Japan. The eight ne...

Is an Android Army Mustering for a Fall Attack?

Palm will unveil its long-awaited Pre smartphone June 6, and Apple's next-generation iPhone is expected to hit the market shortly thereafter. So where are the smartphones based on Google's Android platform, which is considered a potentially serious threat to the iPhone? Rumors have it that AT&T will...

The Flying Penguin: Linux In-Flight Entertainment Systems

If you've used an in-flight entertainment system, known in the airline industry as an "IFE," to watch movies, listen to music, or order food lately, chances are it used Linux as an operating system. You might not know that Linux is the operating system behind what you see on your screen, but it prob...

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LiMo Chases Google’s Android

Just a few short months after Google and the Open Handset Alliance announced Android, the LiMo Foundation on Monday began rolling out its own, competing Linux-based software platform for mobile devices. The first release of the LiMo Platform will be available in March, and the application programmin...

The Happy Collision of Collaboration and Competition in the Mobile World

Mobile innovation -- not long ago mired in a tangle of "walled-garden" business models, closed networks, proprietary technologies and fierce litigation -- is at last in high gear. Collaborative source development is lowering the barriers to participation in mobile innovation and yielding new, promis...

Verizon Embraces LiMo Foundation’s Brand of Openness

The Open Handset Alliance may have the power of Google behind it, but a surge of new members has just swelled the ranks of the competing LiMo Foundation to 40, the group announced Wednesday. Verizon Wireless, Mozilla, Infineon Technologies, Kvaleberg, Red Bend Software, Sagem Mobiles, SFR and SK Tel...

LiMo Foundation Unleashes Mobile Platform

The LiMo Foundation has launched the first release of its Linux-based mobile handset software platform. There are 18 handsets from various manufacturers that are ready to use the platform, Andrew Shikiar, Director of Global Marketing for the LiMo Foundation, told LinuxInsider. Handsets are in the wo...

LiMo and Android: Is This Town Big Enough for Both?

Sparks flew at the GSMA mobile telephony conference in Barcelona, Spain, as members of the LiMo and Android consortiums demonstrated their products and announced new developments. LiMo, a consortium of 32 major firms, including mobile phone companies, unveiled 18 commercial handsets and several prot...

LiMo Goes Toe to Toe With Android

Raising the bar a notch or two higher in its rivalry with Android and the Open Handset Alliance, a newly enlarged LiMo Foundation on Monday rolled out the first LiMo-compatible handsets and announced its software development kit strategy. Orange and Access are among nine new members that have just r...

LiMo Foundation Debuts Android Challenger

Just a few short months after Google and the Open Handset Alliance announced Android, the LiMo Foundation on Monday began rolling out its own, competing Linux-based software platform for mobile devices. The first release of the LiMo Platform will be available in March, and the application programmin...

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