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Moto Linux Platform Video Tour

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Oct 5, 2006, 4:38 PM   by Eric Lin

A video tour of Motorola's next-generation Linux and Java Platform.

About a year and half ago, Motorola announced a new operating system for their phones. Yet every time since then that they've announced a new phone, it still runs pretty much the same OS they've used since the T720. Sure they've updated it to make it more user friendly or add new features - and we've covered the most recent updates - but it's still basically the same OS.

But now one phone is different. The ROKR E2 - which has launched in Asia but not the U.S. - is running an early version of the new operating system. We finally got our hands on it to give you a taste of what's coming. We don't know when a phone with this OS is coming here, but Motorola swears they're serious about launching it beyond Asian shores.

You can watch the video here:

Or you can visit the video's page on YouTube or Google for more viewing and sharing options.

A special thanks to Trolltech who managed to snag this ROKR for us from China Mobile. Trolltech is specialist in mobile Linux, and their Qtopia development environment was used by Motorola to create the interface and applications for this new OS.



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Oct 9, 2006, 12:28 PM

teh hawt! :D

'nuff said. Drooling

Oct 8, 2006, 7:18 AM

will the maxx have

this os in it? anyone know? probrably not yet but anyone?

Oct 6, 2006, 11:16 PM

Reminds me of the Verizon OS

this is what has been "in the works" for years? C'mon Moto get with it.

Oct 6, 2006, 10:17 AM

So, why China first?

And when is Moto going to bring it here? Are there any reasons they haven't introduced a single phone with this new OS? Obviously, their CDMA offering have to (potentially) be used with the VZW UI, but why can't this be out on newer phones? Why the delay?
China pushes linux heavily. It's very welcome and accepted. In the US, carriers are very reluctant to support yet another OS. The A780 was supposed to come out in the US and never did. Until a majority of Moto's platform is ready to go over to the...

Oct 5, 2006, 8:34 PM

Great video

Thanks guys this is why PS rocks!!
It was fun.

Oct 5, 2006, 7:43 PM


The interface looks very bland to me, compared to a lot of other manufactures. It looks like those color pallets were designed in 2002. I would dare to say that even the new Verizon UI has more eye candy than this.

I understand function over form, but I don't understand how this user interface is significantly superior to any other offerings from Nokia or Samsung.
meh, it's still an improvement over the old motorola OS
tuolumne said:
I would dare to say that even the new Verizon UI has more eye candy than this.

What!!! Really!!!! Laughing Laughing come on now
Clear and simple is a virtue when it comes UIs.

It actually has a glass-like effect to a lot of it, kind of like Mac OS X and Vista. To my eyes it has more "eye candy" than most UIs I've seen lately.
every aspect of the java linux os - the icons, the options menus the status bars, etc. - can all be skinned with themes. i have seen a number of really impressive one that put many other mobile oses to shame. unfortunately the china mobile theme was s...
Wireless Buddy

Oct 5, 2006, 7:45 PM


Laughing did you make up that word? Laughing
no he did not
bones boy

Oct 5, 2006, 5:52 PM

Didn't A780/A1200 have Linux OS?

The feature set seems similar, and the OS looks "newer" or refreshed, but is the OS actually new?
Those had a Linux OS with a UIQ UI with touchscreen support. Their Linux OS for PDA phones actually began with the A760. Then expanded to the E680, E680i, A780, and now the A1200 and soon the E690. The OS for those is different though as it's meant...
This is technically based on that, but that was a more of PDA OS that required a touch screen.

This has similar Linux underpinnings, but the UI is designed for "normal" phones with two soft keys and no touch screen.
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