Linux Phone Standards Forum Merges with LiMo Foundation

To support and to unify the growing momentum of Linux platforms in the global mobile market, the Linux Phone Standards (LiPS) Forum announced that its activities and membership will be folded into LiMo Foundation as of July, 2008. This pooling of efforts and resources reflects the industry-wide trend towards unification of Linux-based mobile telephony platforms and will serve to accelerate the emergence of common mobile Linux specifications and implementations. It will also bolster the emerging mobile Linux developer community and support the creation of a range of new applications, services and end-user experiences.

The move will encompass LiPS Forum members from across the mobile ecosystem, including chipset suppliers, Linux OS and mobile stack vendors, handset designers and OEMs and regional and global wireless operators. It follows announcements by other LiPS members who have joined LiMo Foundation: ACCESS, ARM Limited, Azingo, France Telecom / Orange, Huawei Technology, MontaVista Software, Inc., NXP Semiconductors, Open-Plug, Purple Labs and Texas Instruments.

“LiPS Forum is proud of our standardization efforts, development activities and other achievements of the last three years,” commented Haila Wang, LiPS Forum president and CTO, Orange Labs, Beijing. “Today, our membership agrees that LiPS’ greatest impact can be realized by adding our members’ expertise and resources to LiMo Foundation. Together, the member companies can better strive for a unified and ubiquitous Linux-based mobile platform.”

The union of LiPS Forum membership with LiMo brings up to a dozen new members to the fast-growing foundation. “We welcome the LiPS member community into LiMo Foundation, augmenting the momentum, resources and expertise of our group,” said Morgan Gillis, executive director, LiMo Foundation. “The international and cross-industry scope of LiPS Forum helps LiMo greatly in the global rollout of our platform, devices deploying that platform, and creation of applications for it.”

About LiPS Forum
The Linux Phone Standards (LiPS) Forum is a consortium of industry players formed to standardize the Linux-based services and Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) that most directly influence the development, deployment and interoperability of applications and user-level services. LiPS Forum was founded in November, 2005 to help accelerate the adoption of Linux in fixed, mobile and converged devices. By standardizing Linux-based services and Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) that influence the development, deployment and interoperability of applications as well as end-user services, device manufacturers, third party software vendors and operators can increasingly differentiate their offerings. LiPS Forum founding members from across the mobile ecosystem were ACCESS, ARM Limited, Cellon International, Esmertec, France Telecom / Orange, Huawei Technologies, MIZI Research, Inc., MontaVista Software, Inc., Open-Plug and VirtualLogix.

About LiMo Foundation
LiMo Foundation is a dedicated consortium of mobile industry leaders working together within an open and transparent governance model — with shared leadership and shared decision making — to deliver an open and globally consistent handset software platform based upon Mobile Linux for use by the whole mobile industry.

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