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LiMo Foundation Adds Six Members

The new members aim to strengthen the organization's efforts to create an open source mobile software platform.
The LiMo Foundation said Monday that it has added six new members to the organization, which is creating a Linux-based open software platform for the mobile industry.

The new members are Acrodea, AMD, ETRI, Huawei, Purple Labs, and Trolltech. They join the six mobile industry members that launched the foundation a year ago: Motorola, NEC, NTT DoCoMo, Panasonic Mobile Communications, Samsung Electronics, and Vodafone.

With so many different Linux mobile versions under development, the LiMo Foundation members have banded together to deliver an open, hardware-independent, and globally consistent platform.

For instance, Purple Labs has developed a platform that enables Linux to operate on low-cost entry-level feature phones. The company's release stated that its "comprehensive Linux suite, from Linux service package and middleware to mobile applications, is the first commercial solution running a single-core chipset architecture."

Guido Arnone, director of terminals technology at Vodafone, hailed Purple Labs' effort, saying in a statement, "We believe Linux can become a relevant platform not just for smartphones but also for entry-level feature phones; thus the support of the Purple Labs team will add value to the LiMo Foundation."

The not-for-profit foundation has said that the first handsets developed through the auspices of its members are scheduled to begin appearing on markets during the first half of 2008. LiMo also has an additional hierarchy of members in its middleware and core units.

Eligible to join LiMo are all vendors and service providers in mobile communications, including device manufacturers, operators, chipset manufacturers, independent software vendors, integrators, and third-party developers. The foundation has said that all members have an opportunity to influence the evolution of the platform.