Google Phone Competitor: Vodafone with Linux from Azingo

Feb 12, 2009

Sunnyvale CA company Azingo is to develop a Linux-based platform for mobile phone provider Vodafone.

The basis for Azingo's Linux variant is to be the LiMo (Linux Mobile) platform, a standard being developed by the LiMo Foundation out of London. Azingo and Vodafone are both members of the foundation, whose mission is to "create an open, Linux-based software platform for use by the whole global industry to produce mobile devices." Just a few days ago the consortium decided that embedded Linux maker Wind River should be the platform's systems integrator. The California-based Wind River is to integrate the code for "the common infrastructure, tools, testing and integration services."

To get a taste of what the Vodafone Linux phone will look like with Azingo Mobile 2.0,

go to the Azingo website. The new version, which comes with a browser, Azingo Web Runtime, applications and the Azingo Active Homescreen, is based on the LiMo Foundation’s R1 reference implementation. The Web Runtime delivers web applications on diverse mobile platforms. Eclipse-based Mobile Studio & Developer Studio SDKs are also available for writing native Ajax, HTML, JavaScript and CSS applications. The Active Homescreen allows users to gather Web and mobile provider information in real time via a display that "mimics the familiar computer desktop experience." According to Azingo, the software is free; Linux Magazine Online is currently researching the licensing terms.

The next reference version of the LiMo Foundation Platform 2.0 should be out later this year.

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