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Open Phones vs. iPhones

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on January 15, 2007

The real battle in the phone world isn’t iPhone against the rest of the world, it’s closed platforms versus open. OpenMoko promises to be the Ubuntu of the phone world. I met up with the brains behind the project at CES, and wrote up the meeting for The Register:

While all eyes may have been on San Francisco and the launch of the developer-unfriendly Apple iPhone, the real game changers were demonstrating their strategy at CES 2007, in Las Vegas.

While the hardware may be similar, the strategy is a complete reversal of Apple’s closed platform and proprietary hardware. OpenMokois an open Linux-based mobile application development platform that’s designed to help operators and developers build innovative applications on top of a basic phone platform.

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I’m looking forward to getting my hands on the final hardware in March.

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  1. ciphergoth said,

    Sadly, I’m not going to buy it until it has 3G, Bluetooth, WiFi, enough storage for a decent amount of music and decent sound out, and I think I am absolutely square in the middle of the target market. I really want them to succeed, but if even I’m not going to buy it who will?

  2. ext_22310 said,

    No Bluetooth?

    *plonk*

    (What are they thinking? I can live without the rest, but no Bluetooth?)

  3. sbisson said,

    No, there’s Bluetooth. See the specs on the web site.

  4. sbisson said,

    Bluetooth yes, and there’s a microSD slot. 3G and WiFi will wait a bit – I suspect in order to break into the notoriously conservative US market.


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