Verizon, Mozilla join mobile Linux group

Verizon Wireless is throwing its support behind mobile Linux, becoming the first U.S. operator to join the LiMo Foundation, a group developing mobile Linux technology.

In addition to Verizon, the LiMo Foundation plans to announce on Wednesday that Mozilla, SK Telecom, Infineon Technologies,Red Bend Software, Sagem Mobiles, SFR and Kvaleberg AS are also joining the group. Verizon will hold a board seat.

Late last year, Mozilla said it was planning to get serious about developing a mobile browser. Joining LiMo could be "their ticket to get visibility,"said Ken Dulaney, an analyst with Gartner.

LiMo has largely eclipsed the Linux Phone Standards (LiPS) Forum, an organization that is setting mobile Linux standards.LiMo is not creating official standards, but offering its members technology that was developed and contributed by members.

But LiMo still must contend with Android, Google's mobile Linux operating system in development.

Verizon could also throw its support behind Android. In a Business Week story late last year, Verizon Wireless' president said the operator would use Android, but the company later backpedalled
and said it didn't have any solid plans to do so. AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint have all said they plan to support Android phones.

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May 16, 2008 at 1:02 PM

LiMo already contests with Android, Android is just in the prototype mode where as there have been 18 handsets that were launched based on the LiMo platform in MWC 2008. Android is backed by Google but LiMo is here to stay, nice to see your blog by the way.

  Suresh Kumar A

May 16, 2008 at 1:20 PM

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