Monday, October 15, 2007

OpenMoko: Mobile GNU / Linux based open software development platform

"The most profound technologies are those that disappear. They weave themselves into the fabric of everyday life until they are indistinguishable from it.” -Mark Weiser

OpenMoko is a GNU / Linux based open software development platform. Developers have full access to OpenMoko source and they can tailor their implementations to underlying hardware platforms.

OpenMoko Announces the World’s First Integrated Open Source Mobile
Communications Platform at Open Source in Mobile Conference in Amsterdam.

OpenMoko, which is based on the latest Linux open source efforts, developers now have an easy
way to create applications and deliver services that span all users and provide a common "look
and feel". OpenMoko also offers common storage models and libraries for application
developers, making writing applications for mobile phones fun and easy while guaranteeing swift
proliferation of a wide range of applications for mobile phones. With such extremely high quality
open frameworks, developers will be armed with exactly the tools they need to revolutionize the
mobile industry.

"For the first time, the mobile ecosystem will be as open as the PC, and mobile applications
equally as diverse and more easily accessible," said Sean Moss-Pultz, architect of OpenMoko and
Product Manager of FIC’s Mobile Communication Business Unit. “Ringtones are already a
multi-billion dollar market. We think downloading mobile applications on an open platform will
be even bigger.

The OpenMoko platform is based on OpenEmbedded.
"This gives end-users access to literally thousands of existing open source applications from the
OpenZaurus, Familiar Linux, and Ångström projects as well as many other open source efforts."
explained Michael Lauer, a founder of the OpenEmbedded project and early OpenMoko
First International Computer (FIC) announced that OpenMoko is the platform of choice for their
next generation smartphones. Joining OpenMoko at the Open Source in Mobile Conference in
Amsterdam, FIC announced that their latest smartphone, called the “Neo1973,” will be the first
commercially available smartphone powered by OpenMoko. Key features of the Neo1973
smartphone include:
2.8” VGA touch screen

A-GPS for location and navigation services

GSM850/900/1800/1900 compatibility for network support in Europe, Asia-

Pacific, Japan, Africa and the US
Application manager to install / remove / update applications

Push email, contacts, and calendar synchronization

OpenMoko Software Development Kit (SDK) for application development

The Neo1973 smartphone, along with OpenMoko, will be internationally available January 2007.

More information on features, specifications, availability and other details can be found at

About OpenMoko
OpenMoko is an open source mobile communications movement on a mission to create a
platform that empowers people to customize their phone, much like a computer, in any way they
see fit. It is a platform that focuses on innovation, usability, reliability, and quality.
OpenMoko’s heart lies deep into the components and resources of the Open Source and Free
Software Movements. Moko is short for Mobile Kommunikations. ‘K’ is a tribute to all hackers
around the world that build software that drives innovation into the platform. Open means that
developers around the world can evolve the platform in anyway they like.
For the latest information on OpenMoko visit

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