LiMo Foundation announced the availability of the LiMo Platform, a Linux-based software platform for mobile handsets, by March 2008. The platform APIs will be available freely to the public which would engage and innovate developers to shape the new mobile consumer experiences of tomorrow. LiMo Foundation is a dedicated alliance of mobile technology leaders working together to deliver an open Linux-based software platform with the mission to create an open, Linux-based software platform for use by the whole global industry to produce mobile devices.
The LiMo Platform is a modular, plug-in-based, hardware-independent architecture built around an open operating system, with a secure run-time environment for support of downloaded applications. Linux was selected as the core technology for the LiMo Platform for its acceptability by the whole mobile industry, its rich functionality and scalability, its record of success in embedded systems and mobile phones and its potential to easily cross-platformize with other product categories. The LiMo founder members are Motorola, NEC, NTT DoCoMo, Panasonic Mobile Communications, Samsung Electronics and Vodafone. LiMo’s technology will be showcased at Mobile World Congress, February 11-14 in Barcelona.
Google and the Open Handset Alliance had announced Android, an open and free mobile platform, few months back. LiMo claims that Android is a brand-new and relatively untested technology, whereas LiMo’s is already at work in consumer cell phones by LiMo founders. Unlike Android, The LiMo Platform is purely a middleware platform, it does not include the user experience layer that goes above the middleware. The individual operators and handset makers can control the technology that shapes their own user experience, while relying on the underlying technology. Anyway, I think its good to have 2 technologies to compete with each other. But hope that,the competition is very much transparent to the end users.