Samsung and LG on Monday showed new phones using free Linux software from Mobile Linux foundation, which said in total 18 phones from seven vendors would use its software.
Samsung, which has
used Linux in its phones in 2006, launched new SGH-i800 phone
model running on LiMo software at the Mobile World Congress
trade show, while LG Electronics showed a prototype phone LG
The Linux operating system has so far had little success on
cellphones but its presence is increasing with LiMo rolling out
its software platform, boosting the speed of new models reaching
the market. Google is also using Linux to build its Android
The foundation said it has also signed up 9 new members,
including France Telecom's mobile arm Orange, SoftBank and
The market for software platforms on cellphones is lead by
Nokia's S60, built on Symbian operating system, ahead of
Microsoft's Windows Mobile.
However, many mobile industry heavyweights -- also Vodafone ,
NTT DoCoMo and Huawei -- are members of Mobile Linux foundation.
Motorola, which has been the main user of
Linux software also before, plans to use LiMo platform in six
phones, while NEC and Panasonic unit both
will use it in four models tailor-made for NTT DoCoMo.