Verizon Wireless on List of Operators to Adopt LiMo Platform
Today the LiMo Foundation announced that a number of global mobile network operators intend to release handsets starting late this year based upon the existing R2 and planned 2010 R3 release of the LiMo Platform. Those operators include Verizon Wireless in the U.S., as well as NTT DoCoMo, Orange, SK Telecom, Telefonica, and Vodafone. Handsets running LiMo will enable network operators to offer highly customized and adaptable services to their subscribers. The LiMo Foundation didn't specify exactly which handset makers will be supplying handsets, but the makers that belong to the organization include LG, Samsung, Casio Hitachi, ZTE, Huawei, NEC, and Panasonic. Verizon Wireless has not announced any specific details about which LiMo Platform release it will use, nor which handset maker will supply its hardware.
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, 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.
Jolla Finds Licensing Partners for Sailfish OS
Jolla today announced that Intex Technologies has licensed Sailfish OS and put it in the Aqua Fish handset. The Aqua Fish is the first handset to run Sailfish OS outside of the phones made by Jolla itself.
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.
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