LiMo Foundation Comments on Open Handset Alliance

The LiMo Foundation issued a statement from Executive Director Morgan Gillis and Chairman Kiyohito Nagata in regard to Google’s mobile initiative announcement. “The LiMo Foundation welcomes the news of Google’s mobile initiative. We believe Google’s entry into the mobile industry and the launch of the Open Handset Alliance further validate mobile Linux as the foundation technology enabling convergence within and beyond mobile,” said Morgan Gillis.

“LiMo has been created by the mobile industry to deliver an open, Linux-based middleware platform for use by the whole mobile industry and speed the creation of compelling next-generation user experiences. LiMo launched in January 2007 with the backing of a strong and balanced cadre of Founder Members – Motorola, NEC, NTT DoCoMo, Panasonic Mobile Communications, Samsung Electronics and Vodafone – and has rapidly secured broad industry engagement with 21 members now signed.”

Kiyohito Nagata, Senior Vice President at NTT DoCoMo and Chairman of the LiMo Foundation commented: “LiMo is a dedicated alliance of mobile technology leaders working together to create a common Linux based software platform from market proven technologies that are found in members’ existing commercial products. DoCoMo’s recently announced N905i and P905i handsets already use LiMo platform technology. We expect more LiMo devices to be deployed in the coming months.”

Morgan Gillis continued: “LiMo is founded on a shared understanding among mobile industry leaders that the value line on handsets has been redrawn. In the mobile industry today, most differentiating value within software lies in the layer of applications and services shaping next-generation user experiences that sits above the middleware that is common across handset vendors and models. LiMo’s role is to deliver that common middleware platform. We believe this can most effectively be achieved through the cooperative development and open-source licensing of mobile Linux based technology, rather than through commercially licensed, proprietary platforms.

“LiMo believes that the Open Handset Alliance is in concurrence with our core beliefs. LiMo and Open Handset Alliance, in fact, share membership across the mobile Linux ecosystem. There are no philosophical or technological obstacles preventing LiMo and the Open Handset Alliance from working together synergistically.”

About the LiMo Foundation
The LiMo Foundation is an independent, not-for-profit entity that strives to increase the adoption of Linux within the mobile industry. The LiMo Foundation aims to leverage the mobile Linux platform to create an open, transparent, scalable ecosystem spanning application and middleware developer communities and to encourage the creation of compelling, differentiated and enhanced consumer experiences.