LiMo Updates Mobile Linux Platform, Verizon Wireless to Deploy LiMo Handset in 2009
Today the LiMo Foundation announced a number of updates to the LiMo Linux platform, with contributions coming from a handful of companies, including Azingo, LG, Purple Labs and Samsung. The new capabilities will bring advanced multimedia features, location-based services, better device management and improved security controls to the platform. THe LiMo Foundation also said that Telefonica SK Telecom have joined the LiMo board of directors and that mobile operators around the world have agreed to deploy LiMo mobile Linux-based handsets. Operators committing to the LiMo Platform include NTT DoCoMo, Orange, SK Telecom, Telefónica, Verizon Wireless and Vodafone. These carriers have said that they will launch LiMo-based phones in 2009.
Powermat Charging Stations May Soon Require App
Powermat today announced a new "mobile engagement platform" that will allow public charging station providers such as Starbucks to push marketing directly to phones via an app. Companies that choose to deploy the new platform will be able to require users to download and install the app before their phones will charge.
Google, Sprint Deploy RCS on Android Phones
Google and Sprint today said some of Sprint's Android phones now have access to RCS-based messaging features. Google added Rich Communication Services, powered by its Jibe cloud platform, to its own Messenger SMS application.
More Carriers and Phone Makers Agree to Adopt Google's RCS-Based 'Android Messages' Service
Google today said more wireless network operators and handset manufacturers will use Android Messages, its RCS-based messaging service, as the default SMS/MMS tool on their phones. (Android Messages was previously known as Google Messenger.) Some of the features of RCS, which is a global standard, include group chat, high-resolution photo sharing, advanced calling features, and read receipts.
Google and Global Operators Agree on RCS for Android
Google, the GSMA, and a collection of wireless network operators around the world today said they'll work together to bring Rich Communication Services to Android devices around the globe. Google will create an Android RCS client that all the participating carriers will adopt.
Qualcomm's 205 Mobile Platform Brings 4G to Entry-Level Phones
Qualcomm today announced the 205 Mobile Platform, a collection of components that includes an application processor, radios, audio codec, power management, and speaker amplifier. Qualcomm sees the 205 Mobile Platform as a plug-and-play solution for device maker to bring ultra-low-cost feature phones to emerging markets.
Come on people... how many mobile OS's do we need?
OSX Mobile (iPhone)
All of these OS's make it bad for developers who would like to write apps for the masses. Now they have to port it over to multiple OS's to maximize sales... but that will increase development costs.
Also, TouchWiz is an interface, not an OS.
OSX Mobile (iPhone) :Unix (FreeBSD Based)
Android (Google) :Linux Based
Symbian (Nokia) :Open Source
Garnet (Palm) :Linux Based
webOS (Palm) :Linux Based
TouchWiz (Samsung) roprietary
LiMo :Linux Based
It's the same attitude that has people as "Is this all you have?" when you...