Vodafone 360 is the mobile operator’s newly launched social media and messaging service.
This is a high profile launch for the Linux-based LiMo mobile operating system which is competing with the likes of Google’s Android operating system and Nokia’s Symbian OS for designs into the next generation of smartphones and multimedia handsets.
“This is the first of a wave of R2 LiMo handsets due in the coming months,” said Morgan Gillis, executive director of LiMo Foundation.
In August the LiMo Foundation – the consortium that is creating an open, Linux-based platform for mobile devices – has announced the newest round of LiMo-compliant handsets that have been released to market.
They are built for Japan’s largest mobile operator NTT DOCOMO, by LiMo members NEC and Panasonic Mobile Communications.
“In February 2009, a number of major network operators announced their intent to launch multiple devices built upon the LiMo Platform,” said Gillis.
It seems likely that some handsety developers will develop mobiel srunni9n gthe different oepertaing systems for different markets.
Samsung is a good example of this for as well as LiMo it is also developing handsets to run WIndows Mobile, Symbian and even Android.
“As a Founder Member of the LiMo Foundation, we have been highly involved in driving the Platform forward and are truly delighted that Samsung has delivered the first R2 LiMo handset”, said JK Shin, executive v-p and head of mobile communications division at Samsung Electronics.
This confirms the belief that Linux is on course to become the most important operating system for next generation mobile handsets.
Android is also a Linux-based operating system but differs from that being supported by LiMo’s members which include, Motorola, Samsung, Vodafone, Orange and ARM.