Access, Co., Ltd. and the European telecom Orange have joined the LiMo Foundation, adding their considerable weight to this group.
The LiMo Foundation is made up of companies who are creating an open, hardware-independent, Linux-based operating system for mobile devices.
This makes them rivals to Google’s Open Handset Alliance, a second group of companies also working on a Linux-based mobile operating system.
The LiMo Foundation appears to have an advantage over its competition: its members are closer to releasing models based on their OS. Several of these were announced at Mobile World Congress this week.
Orange has been invited to join LiMo as a Founder Member, alongside the original founders: Motorola, NEC, NTT DoCoMo, Panasonic, Samsung, and Vodafone.
Access joins as a new Core member, and will also hold a seat on the LiMo Foundation board.
These new members have an important contribution for the group: one of the first models based on the LiMo platform, the Samsung i800. This smartphone — scheduled for release near the middle of this year — will include Access Linux Platform (ALP).
"Our motivation to join LiMo grew out of our longstanding dedication to accelerating Mobile Linux innovation," said Toru Arakawa, CEO, president and co-founder of Access. "Mobile users are demanding easier-to-use products with more sophisticated applications. Our experience in developing the Access Linux Platform and our work with LiMo Foundation will help to meet these demands and hasten the development and delivery of new, innovative products."
Motorola also unveiled several LiMo handsets this week, and LG announced a prototype model.
For more iformation on the LiMo Foundation, visit its web site.
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