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June 27, 2008

Linux Phone Standards Forum Joins Forces with LiMo

By Raju Shanbhag, TMCnet Contributing Editor

The Linux Phone Standards (LiPS) Forum has announced that its activities and membership will be folded into the LiMo Foundation (News - Alert) as of July, 2008. This action was taken in a bid to support and unify the growing momentum of Linux platforms in the global mobile market.

The announcement also reflects the industry-wide trend towards unification of Linux-based mobile telephony platforms and the pooling of efforts and resources will speed up the emergence of common mobile Linux specifications and implementations.
With the union of LiPS Forum membership with LiMo, a dozen new members have been added to the fast-growing foundation.
The international and cross-industry scope will receive significant help in the global rollout of its platform, devices deploying that platform, and creation of applications for it from LiMo.
The LiPS Forum members from across the mobile ecosystem, including chipset suppliers, Linux OS and mobile stack vendors, handset designers and OEMs and regional and global wireless operators will be covered by this move.
Other LiPS members who have already joined LiMo Foundation include ACCESS, ARM Limited, Azingo (News - Alert), France Telecom / Orange, Huawei Technology, MontaVista Software, NXP Semiconductors, Open-Plug, Purple Labs and Texas Instruments.
This merger is also expected to support the creation of a range of new applications and end-user experiences as well as bolster the emerging mobile Linux developer community.
“LiPS Forum is proud of our standardization efforts, development activities and other achievements of the last three years,” commented Haila Wang, LiPS Forum president and CTO, Orange Labs, Beijing. “Today, our membership agrees that LiPS’ greatest impact can be realized by adding our members’ expertise and resources to LiMo Foundation. Together, the member companies can better strive for a unified and ubiquitous Linux-based mobile platform.”
Raju Shanbhag is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To see more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

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