Why major mobile handset makers are riding with LiMo

The executive director of the LiMo Foundation discusses his group's efforts to create and establish an open handset platform built on Linux

How can LiMo help them?

LiMo is providing developers with open technology and market access to a large, stable base of globally deployed mobile technology. With business models evolving so rapidly to capitalize on the revenue opportunities created by convergence, we see the content community figuring more prominently in the mobile industry. The LiMo membership should evolve to reflect this market trend.

There will always be new technological challenges to address. For example, LiMo has a working group today that is designing a security framework to quell threats, in anticipation of support for downloadable native applications in LiMo Platform R2.

The key point here is that LiMo is constituted with the inherent flexibility to address emerging challenges.

The Open Handset Alliance and its Android platform have been getting a lot of press. It looks like you guys will be in a race against them for the hearts and minds, and the attention, of the open source community. For the benefit of third-party developers, and end user consumers, why should it matter at all that LiMo succeeds ultimately in the market and the open source community?

The LiMo Platform will provide much greater choice than Android to handset companies and to consumers; the user interface can be selected freely, as can the applications and the content. For example, will it really be possible for a user to choose Yahoo! as the preferred search provider on an Android handset? I'm not sure.

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