With Google’s team of 34 mobile and technology companies, and it being Google, after all, it’s understood they have more ground than the LiMo Foundation, however the Open Handset Alliance has seen a couple of hitches since they first announced the project in November. The competition they announced, for developers to design ‘innovative and useful’ Android-based mobile apps, has been put back to mid-April, as a result of this. Adding to their woes, several key companies in the Open Handset Alliance are also in LiMo’s, namely Motorola, NTT DoCoMo and Samsung.
It’s rumoured that LiMo will be announcing nine new members to their Foundation, adding up to an impressive 32 in total. Whilst LG is not officially a member of the alliance, they’re to show off a prototype Linux-based LiMo phone at MWC this week.
It’s admirable that so many companies are wishing to create an open source environment in which to create mobile handsets, but surely LiMo and Google should practise what they preach and start working alongside one another, particularly with reports Nokia is to build their own platform, based on their purchase of the software developer Trolltech, which also belongs to the LiMo Foundation.
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