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[News] Best-selling Phone Was Going to Run Linux

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[But it wasn't as easy for Apple to exploit...]

The iPhone Could Have Been a Linux Machine

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| It seems incredible now that we are used to the mobile computer that is the 
| iPhone, but if you think about it, Linux is a first choice for embedded 
| operating systems -- it's in cash registers, routers and there's likely even 
| a linux-based Tamagotchi out there somewhere.   


Apple considered Linux for the iPhone

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| Just as Apple used BSD software at the heart of its OS X operating system, it 
| could easily have used Linux. The difference, of course, is that while Linux 
| would have provided the technical quality Apple sought, its licensing would 
| have been a non-starter. With Linux (and its GPL license), Apple would have 
| had to make its modifications/derivative works open source, which the liberal 
| BSD license does not require.     



When Android beats the iPhone

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| This is great. A week or so ago Google was alone in developing Android. They
| made it open source and boom, an internal application is getting perfected by
| the community. End user benefit from it immediately, because they can
| download it for free from the Android Market (which is such an easy task to
| do). The OS allows you to define a default email client, so you are good to
| go.
| All this, without any intervention of Google or T-Mobile. The community fixed
| the issue for T-Mobile... You have to love this one if you are a mobile
| operator.


Aussie entrepreneur beats telco giants to develop Google phone

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| A small Melbourne-based electronics company will be the first in Australia to
| develop a mobile phone based on Google Android software, beating major
| carriers and phone makers to the punch.
| Kogan Technologies – run by 25-year-old Ruslan Kogan – sells electronic goods
| direct from manufacturers, which reduces the company’s overheads. It has
| announced plans to develop a phone using Google’s new Android software, an
| open-source operating system for mobile phones.
| “I’ve been following the development of Android for about a year now. I’ve
| always had the concept in my mind of open source software for mobile phones,
| just never had the capacity to undertake it. When they announced Android, I
| got very excited,” Kogan says.



Google Exec: Android To Beat iPhone

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| Rich Miner even went after Apple's handheld darling.  "Once you have devices
| out there from Motorola, HTC, Samsung, and so on, there's a much larger
| potential market on Android than for the iPhone," he said.  "[T]here's a
| single manufacturer, it's targeted at a particular demographic, and it falls
| far short of the 1 billion mobile phones sold every year worldwide."    


iPhone vs. Android : An Open Source Devs Perspective

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| According to Andrea Gazzaniga, software development manager at mobile open
| source vendor Funambol the answer is not entirely clear. In a rambling
| overflow presentation at AjaxWorld's iPhone Sumitt, Gazzaniga attempted to
| outline the differences and similiaraties between iPhone and Android.  


Feeling the heat at Microsoft

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| A couple of years ago you reiterated that IBM was Microsoft's biggest
| competitor and you said not just on the business side, but overall. If I ask
| you who is Microsoft's biggest competitor now, who would it be?  
| Ballmer: Open...Linux. I don't want to say open source. Linux, certainly have
| to go with that.


Is Google Android the Next Windows?

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| On the flip side, Good Android (here’s a video demo) is a cross-platform
| software environment that multiple hardware vendors and service providers are
| expected to embrace. Although Android isn’t fully baked, Google is
| aggressively promoting the operating environment to third party developers.
| The idea is to get developers on board early, so that tons of Android
| applications are ready when Android-compatible devices finally debut.    
| [...]
| Eventually, The VAR Guy suspects, Android devices will easily leapfrog
| iPhone’s market share. But that’s not a terrible thing for Apple. Although
| Apple nearly died on the desktop, Apple’s more recent innovations prove that
| you can thrive even when you hold less than 10 percent of a technology
| market.    


HTC tight-lipped about Google phone

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| MOBILE PHONE MAKER High Tech Computer (HTC) is developing a handset which
| will run Android software developed by Google and a consortium of other tech
| companies.  


A third of all phones "smart" in five years

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| ABI Research vice president Stuart Carlaw said, "The market is currently
| dominated by Nokia (52 percent) and Symbian (65 percent). However, the
| coalescence of the framework wars in the Linux environment and the growing
| stature of Windows Mobile will enable new competitors to put pressure on this
| established axis."    


Research and Markets: Symbian and Linux Enjoy the Highest Penetration in the
Japanese Smartphone Market

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| Symbian and Linux enjoy the highest penetration in the Japanese smartphone
| market and appear to be the beneficiaries in any expansion of smartphone use
| there.  

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