Monday, July 04, 2005

Linux is coming for mobile phones

PalmSource bought a mobile Linux company some time ago-and many of us wondered why and how this should work-Linux still is a server OS after all. However, Linux really seems to take off now! Motorola is planning to iuse LINUX as the core of most of its new phones. But lets quote Cherlyn Chin, vice president for Motorola mobile phone marketing:
More than half of Motorola's mobile phones will use Linux within 18 to 24 months

And-Motorola seems to take a similar approach to Palmsource when applications are concerned! Motorola has Linux provide the kernel tasks like power management, memory management et cetera. However, most of the applications are realized in Java-and the VM is running on top of the kernel. So, there is still no need for Motorola developers to learn how to program for Linux-they just go on using Java!

Also, a device has already been announced. It is called E895, and will have the following features:

  • Clamshell form factor(see CNET)
  • Bluetooth
  • MP3 player
  • Up to 512MB of TransFlash
  • 1.3 MP camera

However, neither prices nor availability dates are yet available!
What do you think? Is Linux for PalmOS and other mobile devices a good thing-or should Linux stay where it is good(in the server rack)?

Data coming from CNET news.