Linux powered mobile phones to become common soon
Mobile phone makers have said that they are working together to form an alliance to develop a Linux version for the mobile platform to power the future mobile phones, PDAs, and other portable devices.
These devices can appear in the market by as soon as 2007. Some of the parties involved in this alliance are Samsung, Motorola, NTT DoCoMo, NEC, Panasonic, and Vodafone.
These companies would setup a not-for-profit group to share the costs and develop common solutions.
Some of the current software solutions for the mobile platform are Microsoft Windows Mobile, Symbian, Palm, and Blackberry. Linux on the other hand is totally free and open source but has a minor presence in the mobile segment.
A mobile platform developed using Linux would help the manufacturers cut costs for the end user and would bring standardization, which would help developers to target more users with their applications.