O2 Litmus to take on Apple and Google phones

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80020769.JPGO2 is working on a new project, dubbed “Litmus”, which looks set to act as an O2 version of the iPhone’s App Store or the Google G1’s Android Marketplace. Though very early in the production stage, Litmus was explained to mobile developers at the “Mobile 2.0” conference in San Francisco, and some interesting details have emerged.

It looks as though O2 has witnessed the massive success of the iPhone App Store and has realised that if people make software for your phones, then people will use them more – which is why they want a piece of the pie. Interestingly, Litmus will apparently offer developers access to important network things that they wouldn’t normally be able to get at, such as the phone’s billing and messaging systems. Does this mean we could finally start seeing phones with a “real time” itemised bill accessible?

Few other details are available at the moment, but I’m sure we’ll be hearing more from this in the future.

(via The Guardian)

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James O’Malley