Mobile Industry Leaders to Create World's First Globally Adopted Open Mobile Linux Platform

Companies Strive to Increase Adoption of Linux(R) for Mobile; Speed

Innovation for Wireless


Jun 15, 2006, 01:00 ET from Motorola, Inc.

NEWBURY, England, June 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Motorola, NEC, NTT
 DoCoMo, Panasonic Mobile Communications, Samsung Electronics, and Vodafone
 announced today their intent to establish the world's first global, open
 Linux-based software platform for mobile devices.
     A world-class Linux-based platform aims to provide key benefits for the
 mobile industry including lower development costs, increased flexibility,
 and a richer mobile ecosystem -- all of which contribute to the group's
 ultimate objective of creating compelling, differentiated and enhanced
 consumer experiences.
     To help guide these efforts, the companies are also announcing their
 intent to form an independent foundation. The founder companies' objective
 is to realize the development of the platform based on the contributions of
 all interested stakeholders through an open and transparent process.
 Focusing primarily on the joint development and marketing of an API
 specification, architecture, supporting source code-based reference
 implementation components and tools, the foundation intends to leverage the
 benefits of community-based and proprietary development.
     Foundation members also intend to work on the following:
     -- Implementation of a fair, balanced, transparent contribution and
        participation process across the current and future membership.
     -- Establishment of safeguards to minimize fragmentation.
     -- Collaboration on a mobile Linux developer ecosystem.
     -- Coordination with existing industry organizations.
     -- Seeking participation from all interested companies across the value
        chain, including device manufacturers, operators, chipset
        manufacturers, independent software vendors, integrators and third-
        party developers.
     Once established, the foundation aims to provide an API specification,
 architecture, references to open source code, new source code-based
 reference implementation components (to be developed and committed by
 foundation members) and specifications for referenced third party software.
 The foundation also plans to provide a test suite to assess and demonstrate
 product conformance to the platform specification.
     While the initial foundation members plan to be primarily responsible
 for delivering the development of the first reference implementation of the
 mobile operating platform, they will also actively encourage membership
 participation of other companies committed to its development. More
 information about how others can join the foundation will be made available
 at a later date.
     Perspectives from Industry Leaders
     "Motorola is a firm believer in the power of open platforms and the
 promise of Linux for mobile," said Greg Besio, Motorola Corporate Vice
 President, Mobile Devices Software. "As such, we are very pleased to be
 part of this new, coordinated group effort to accelerate the creation of a
 universal, mobile Linux platform which we believe will unleash the
 tremendous innovation opportunities for developers, device makers,
 operators and consumers alike."
     "As one of the leading pioneers with almost two years of experience
 shipping Linux-based mobile phones, we are delighted to participate in this
 initiative," said Yoshiharu Tamura, Executive General Manager, Mobile
 Terminals Business Unit, NEC Corporation. "We expect the foundation
 activities will accelerate further expansion of mobile Linux application
 developer participation as well as global market growth of 3G mobile
     "DoCoMo believes continuously improving performance and reducing
 handset costs are vital goals for operators," said Kiyohito Nagata, Vice
 President and Managing Director of NTT DoCoMo's Product Department. "DoCoMo
 strongly supports this foundation's activities of specifying APIs and
 enabling powerful tools for application and middleware developers. This
 will ensure the creation of an ecosystem to achieve our goals."
     "Linux sits at the core of Panasonic Group's software strategy, and to
 date we have shipped nearly 8 million Linux based handsets in the highly
 competitive Japanese market," said Osamu Waki, Managing Director of
 Panasonic Mobile Communications. "We intend to leverage our experience to
 accelerate the realization of a truly global Linux-based software platform
 and ecosystem, which will lead to faster time to market and increased
 flexibility, to deliver appealing products fit for a ubiquitous network
     "We are pleased to participate in this project with other industry
 leaders. Samsung truly believes that this effort will be a significant step
 to offering a cost-effective and unified software platform for mobile
 phones based on the Linux operating system. This effort will benefit both
 the consumers and the participating companies," said Lee Chulhwan, Senior
 Vice President of Mobile R&D team. "We expect that Samsung's technology
 leadership and innovative R&D experience will contribute to achieving the
 goals of the project through collaboration with other participants."
     "Vodafone is excited to be a founder member of this major industry
 initiative which aims to reduce fragmentation of Linux based mobile phone
 software platforms, and in turn enable us to offer our customers more
 innovative new services," said Jens Schulte-Bockum, Vodafone Global
 Director of Terminals. "We expect this initiative to speed time to market
 for new products and also enable us to create more personalized products
 and applications for consumers."
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 other countries

SOURCE Motorola, Inc.