Tech Tuesday: The Coming Smartphone Operating-System Wars

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| In order to put this battle into perspective, one must first look at Windows,
| Linux and OS X and their battle to be the OS of choice inside 250 million to
| 275 million systems each year.
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| We could also see special versions of Linux emerge from various players. Even
| the folks at RIM might have something up their sleeves.


Open Mobile Alliance to Support Mobile Linux Handsets

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| The Linux Phone Standards (LiPS) Forum says has established a formal liaison
| and framework for cooperation between the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) and
| LiPS. In particular, LiPS delivers specifications and standards for services
| and user applications on Linux-based telephony platforms, and OMA develops
| open specifications for mobile content and services. * *

Motorola sees Linux as its mobile mainstay

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| Cell phones traditionally have used proprietary operating systems, fragmented
| even among one manufacturer's products. Motorola and other vendors have also
| opened up phone platforms through the Java and BREW software environments.
| Linux will help to further expand the community of developers for software,
| which is becoming an increasingly important part of mobile phones, said
| Christy Wyatt, vice president of ecosystem and market development at
| Motorola. The company has shipped about 9 million Linux handsets in the past
| four years and is now extending the OS down from smartphones to midrange
| handsets such as the Razr2.

Motorola ships a U.S. Linux mobile phone

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| It's finally happened. Motorola last month quietly shipped its first
| Linux-based mobile phone "bound for North America," in its words.
| Additionally, the world's third-largest handset vendor (Mot was passed up by
| Samsung this year) is offering new "MotoMAGX" tools supporting native Linux
| third-party apps.

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| "Linux will take a significant--I'm not allowed to say 'dominant'--market
| share of mobile phone operating systems," she predicted. Motorola expects
| 60% of its phones will use a version of embedded Linux "in a short
| time," Wyatt said.