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[News] Linux Became Big in Phones in 2008

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2008 Year in Review: Google emerges as a mobile superpower

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| Google's mobile fortunes hinge on Android, of course--first announced in late 
| 2007, the Linux-based open software platform boasts the stated goal 
| of "fostering innovation on mobile devices and giving consumers a far better 
| user experience than much of what is available on today's mobile platforms," 
| and the autumn release of T-Mobile USA's G1, the first Android-powered 
| device, was unquestionably the most eagerly anticipated handset debut of the 
| year.      


Year in Review: Smartphones ruled in 2008

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| One thing is clear, however, and that is that open mobile operating systems 
| are the wave of the future.  


2008 Year in Review: The launch of Android and the open-source operating system

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| As this timeline makes plain, the open-source, Linux-based Android operating 
| system from Google got kick-started back in 2007. When Google announced the 
| OS, it also launched what it called the Open Handset Alliance, with founding 
| members including HTC, LG, Motorola and Samsung, all of whom pledged to one 
| day launch devices running on Android.    



Android G2 rumored to release soon

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| The launch date, which is still an unconfirmed rumor, means that T-Mobile
| would risk enraging the buyers of its recent G1, by launching an updated
| version within just a few months.


Google reveals upcoming Android features

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| Android is in the process of being turned by Google from its own development
| project into open source. Last week, some of the changes made to the mobile
| operating system by a private group of developers came to light in
| Cupcake--the Android code the group shares with the outside world. Now,
| according to the Android road map, the Cupcake enhancements have started to
| be merged into the wider, open-source Android project.


Assessing Android's potential in 2009

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| Perhaps one of the most exciting developments in the cell phone industry this
| year was the final release of the T-Mobile G1 (also known as the HTC Dream),
| and with it, the first commercial version of the Android operating system.


Google to merge private code into Android open source

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| The Google Android cell phone platform is being transformed from an internal
| project into an open source effort and some important Android enhancements
| are being made along the way. Some of the latest changes to the platform,
| although coded in a private development effort, are being revealed in the
| code which Google shares with the outside world, known as the Cupcake code.
| According to the Android project plan, it will also be merged into the
| greater body of Android open source code.


Being A Non-Coding Contributor

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| I am not a programmer. With that last statement many would be surprised to
| also learn I am heavily involved with a software project.
| Though I don't write code, I do handle a lot at the project tracking site.
| Bug reports, documentation, Answering questions, writing FAQs and blueprints.


Android ported to Nokia N810

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| If you're looking for a nice read, something interesting to engage you while
| you sit and have a coffee and a pastry over at your favorite coffee shop,
| look no further than this writeup over at LinuxDevices. It's an excellent
| in-depth discussion about porting Android 1.0 to the Nokia N810, written by a
| guy who actually did so.


A Sprint Android Phone for 2009?

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| Bloomberg.com reports that Sprint will be one of the first wireless providers
| to take advantage of the open Google Android platform and hopes to have a
| model available within a year. T-Mobile released the first Android-run
| smartphone, the G1, a couple of months ago.
| The site reports that by offering an Android-based smartphone, Sprint plans
| to take a bite out of the iPhone's market share. Apple's smartphone now
| commands 16 percent of the world's smartphone market.


LiMo Says Vodafone's Android Support Shouldn't Fragment the Mobile Linux Space

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| Vodafone's membership in the Google-led Open Handset Alliance isn't
| necessarily a bad thing for the LiMo Foundation, which makes an open-source
| mobile operating system based on Linux that some see as vying for smartphone
| supremacy with Google's Android mobile and wireless stack. LiMo's Morgan
| Gillis says overlap among Android, LiMo and Symbian camps is par for the
| course as they combat Windows Mobile, RIM and the Apple iPhone.
| [...]
| Despite this hole, is Vodafone still backing LiMo? Absolutely, a Vodafone
| spokesperson told eWEEK, noting that joining the OHA means Vodafone will be
| able to work with the Android platform alongside other operating platforms
| such as LiMo, Symbian, Microsoft and RIM, improving customer choice.


Android alliance adds 14 members

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| The Open Handset Alliance (OHA), which oversees the Google-sponsored Android
| mobile Linux specification, has added 14 members. New members include AKM
| Semiconductor, ARM, ASUSTek Computer (Asus), Atheros Communications, Borqs,
| Ericsson, Garmin International, Huawei Technologies, Omron Software, Softbank
| Mobile, Sony Ericsson, Teleca AB, Toshiba, and Vodafone.


Android Devices Likely From Sony Ericsson, Asus

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| Sony Ericsson, Toshiba and Asus could launch as soon as next summer new, less
| expensive cell phones, based on Google's mobile operating system - Android.
| The companies have stated today their interest in developing devices based on
| Android, and joined the Open Handset Alliance together with 11 other members.


Android answers call for free smartphone software

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| Google decided to create a better operating system for mobile phones, just as
| Microsoft’s Windows helps a user to operate a PC. Unlike Windows, however,
| Google’s software for mobiles, called Android, would be free and “open
| source”.
| The open source concept has been used in other technological advances ranging
| from web browsers, such as Mozilla’s Firefox, to operating systems, such as
| Linux. It means that programmers and developers can have access to the code
| behind the software, essentially its DNA.


MontaVista touts Android readiness

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| To show off its Android chops, MontaVista will demonstrate the
| Google-sponsored Android mobile stack running on top of MontaVista Linux on a
| Texas Instruments OMAP3 system-on-chip (SoC). The demo will be held this week
| at Embedded Technology 2008 in Yokohama, Japan. Last month, MontaVista
| announced that its distribution had been optimized for the Cortex-A8-based
| OMAP3 SoCs.

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