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August 10, 2009

Panasonic and NEC unveil new LiMo handsets

KDDI and Immersion join LiMo foundation

By CBR Staff Writer

LiMo foundation has announced that Panasonic and NEC have released nine new handset models that run on the Linux-based open source operating system, LiMo.

The latest release brings the total number of LiMo-compliant handsets to 42, which the LiMo foundation claims to represent the largest number of commercially available mobile handsets produced by any global collaborative development platform organisation.

Morgan Gillis, executive director of the LiMo Foundation, said: “In February 2009, a number of major network operators announced their intent to launch multiple devices built upon the LiMo Platform. This additional line of innovative handsets is indicative of the deep and abiding commitment our operators and device manufacturers hold towards fulfilling that promise by delivering next-generation LiMo technologies.”

According to LiMo foundation, the new LiMo handsets feature high megapixel cameras, rich media capabilities and upgraded connectivity support. The nine new phones are offered through Japan’s wireless-services provider, NTT DoCoMo.

Kiyohito Nagata of NTT DOCOMO, chairperson of LiMo Foundation, said: “The successful launch of the latest LiMo handsets further establishes LiMo Platform as a leading device platform within today’s rapidly evolving mobile ecosystem.”

LiMo also said that the Japanese mobile carrier KDDI and touch screen company Immersion have joined the LiMo foundation.

Gillis said: “Frontier technologies once limited only to personal computers are increasingly finding their way onto today’s handsets. Garnering the support of two market leaders with long-standing legacies of disruptive innovation is a testament to LiMo’s pre-eminent position in the mobile ecosystem.”

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LiMo Foundation was launched in January 2007. LiMo’s members include mobile OEMs, technology developers, and 12 global network operators representing around one billion mobile subscribers.

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