Linux on mobile phones

You want to use Linux or another Unix with your mobile (cellular) phone? Here area few cell phones using Linux.

Motorola LinuxMotorola's EV-DO smartphone offers both a slide-out keypad and a virtual QWERTY keyboard. The Evoke QA4 runs Motorola's MotoMAGX Linux/Java stack, and is equipped with a 2.8-inch touchscreen, accelerometers, and widgets, as well as OK Labs' OKL4 embedded hypervisor.

The Motorola A1210 appears to be an updated version of the popular Motorola Ming, and is likewise aimed at the Chinese market. The GSM/EDGE-ready A1210 offers a larger 2.8-inch screen, and an improved 3.1 megapixel camera.Motorola goes Linux

This hardware reference smartphone design from Chinese mobile ODM (original design maker) Yuhua runs the Linux-based Android mobile stack. The Xphone-SDK runs Android on a 624MHz PXA-310 SoC, with 128MB SDRAM and 256MB of flash, and offers a 3-inch screen, tri-band GPRS/EDGE capability, 3-megapixel camera, Bluetooth, and WiFi.

General Mobile's dual-SIM, XScale-based Android cameraphone is based on a design by Yuhua (see entry above). The DSTL1 runs Android on a Marvell PXA-310 clocked to 624MHz, offers WiFi, Bluetooth, accelerometers, and a 5-megapixel camera, and is equipped with dual SIMs and dual baseband radios, enabling simultaneous reception for two different phone numbers.

Linux on cell phonesThese four new LiMo-compliant 3G handsets from NEC are available for NTT DoCoMo's HDSPA FOMA network in Japan, supporting up to 7.2Mbps downlinks. The new phones include the DoCoMo Prime series N-01A (pictured), which offers gesture recognition technology, as well as the DoCoMo Style series N-02A (5.2-megapixel camera), DoCoMo Style series N-03A (fashion colors), and business-oriented DoCoMo Smart series N-04A.

The Android Dev Phone 1 is a version of the HTC G1 offered by Google with the SIM- and other hardware unlocked. The Android Dev Phone 1 aims to provide Android developers with real hardware on which to test their applications, and is sold for $400 (or $425 with network member fee).

Posted on: 13/12/2009

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