LiMo On The Heels of Google Android

July 7th, 2008 at 12:00 am

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With the mobile environment just getting really hot, there seems to be a challenge posed between two Linux-based mobile platforms. And since Google Android has recently just been announced to be coming up with their own handsets late this year or in the next, there seems to be another mobile platform just trying to chase for its lucrative (and profitable) future. LiMo may be in on the game with trying to develop an open source Linux-based mobile platform similar to Android.

Just the Google Android’s Open Handset Alliance, the LiMo Foundation has been out and about trying to develop a Linux based open mobile terminal platform that would further enhance the consumer experience and bring about next generation of handsets. And with the platform based in the open source Linux code, the LiMo Foundation, a consortium of several mobile industry giants and software developers as among its members, aims to bring out into the marketplace the first handsets that run on an open handset platform that can be used by the whole industry.

In fact, LiMo may already have the upper hand despite the Android getting favorable press that has also made the mobile industry wait in eager anticipation. The fact of the matter is that while handsets run with Google’s Android may not yet be available, with release estimates for such handsets set at sometime early next year, members of the LiMo Foundation such as Panasonic, Motorola, NEC, and LG have already rolled out handsets based on the LiMo platform into the market. It is an advantage that LiMo enjoys for now.

LiMo also enjoys the membership of several mobile handset makers as their core group (with some of them incidentally are also members of the Open Handset Alliance) which will help embracing the LiMo platform easier. But LiMo is currently considered as a middleware, a program that enables software components and other applications to work. Unlike the Android which is a full software stack with an operating system, middleware, user interface and applications of its own, LiMo and its end-user experience and interface may still depend on the developers themselves to create and develop.

But with the hype surrounding Android that is usually mentioned with the Internet giant Google in tow, the challenge may currently remain as a toss up on what platform will win out in the end, at least for now. It is a battle between a little known, partially complete but proven LiMo against a much hyped, complete product but quite untested Android. Let’s just see what comes out of it in the next couple of years.