09
Aug
07

Motorola sees Linux as its mobile mainstay

Motorola is betting big on Linux for its mobile phones, planning to install the OS on 60 percent of its handsets within two years.

The long-awaited follow-up to its sleek Razr phone for GSM networks, now on sale in Asia, is based on Linux. The model, called Razr2 V8, will come to the United States within two months as Motorola’s first Linux phone in this country.

 

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Cell phones traditionally have used proprietary operating systems, fragmented even among one manufacturer’s products. Motorola and other vendors have also opened up phone platforms through the Java and BREW software environments. Linux will help to further expand the community of developers for software, which is becoming an increasingly important part of mobile phones, said Christy Wyatt, vice president of ecosystem and market development at Motorola. The company has shipped about 9 million Linux handsets in the past four years and is now extending the OS down from smartphones to midrange handsets such as the Razr2.

On Tuesday at LinuxWorld in San Francisco, Motorola unveiled Motomagx, the latest version of its mobile Linux platform. Motomagx offers a new development option, called WebUI, to help bring Web 2.0 applications to phones. It lets developers who use tools such as AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML) present their applications on a mobile phone through the WebKit open source browser engine, Wyatt said. WebUI, Java, and Linux itself will be the major development environments for Motorola’s Linux phones, she said.

One key to developing a large Linux developer community has been agreeing with other mobile companies on a single Linux platform, Wyatt said. In January, Motorola formed the LiMo Foundation along with NEC, NTT DoCoMo, Vodafone, Samsung, and Matsushita Electric Industrial (Panasonic).

The company’s Motodev Developer network helps software creators write applications for Linux phones. In the United States, where mobile operators control software more tightly than in other parts of the world, Motorola helps developers get their applications on the carrier software and services “deck,” Wyatt said.

After Linux becomes the dominant platform for Motorola’s phones, the company still expects to sell Windows Mobile devices aimed primarily at enterprises, Symbian phones in Europe, and a number of low-end phones based on simpler, more closed platforms. But Linux is headed toward being one of three dominant platforms in a consolidating mobile-software world, along with Windows Mobile and Nokia’s Series 60, Wyatt said.

For the moment, phones based on the CDMA family of technologies are left behind in Motorola’s Linux drive. Between CDMA and the BREW software environment frequently used on those phones, there is much porting and development work to be done, Wyatt said. But the company’s majority-Linux forecast assumes it will be able to bring out Linux-based CDMA phones, she said. There will be a non-Linux handset comparable to the Razr2 V8 for CDMA networks, she said.

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