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[News] Official: Motorola Chooses Linux for Phones, Tosses Microsoft

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Motorola disses Windows Mobile: Android "more competitive"

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| Handset maker Motorola has revealed plans to scale back its commitment to 
| Windows Mobile as it continues to increase its investment in Google's open 
| source Android mobile platform.  


Motorola: Becoming a 'Peripheral Player'

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| To do that, Motorola will draw on its experience tinkering with the same 
| Linux-Java software used in Android to make what it hopes are compelling 
| tools and other applications. Social-networking apps, for example, are one 
| area of focus for the Android phones. Jha says in an interview that Motorola 
| engineers are working closely with Google to develop appealing apps.    



Motorola ditching Windows Mobile?

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| Rumour has it that Motorola is ditching the Windows Mobile platform for its
| smartphone handsets in favour of Google's new Linux-based Android.
| As reported over on BetaNews, the company has announced to the State of
| Florida that it is to shut down its Windows Mobile development centre in
| Plantation, Florida – with 77 jobs for the chop as a result, added on to the
| 4,000 jobs the company has already 'restructured' this month.


Mot taps Linux for rugged mobile phone

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| Motorola is readying a rugged, weather-resistant 3G HSDPA clamshell phone for
| ATT Mobility. Targeting outdoor enthusiasts, contractors, and (cruel but
| true) "teenagers," the Motorola Tundra VA76r runs Linux, and offers aGPS,
| Bluetooth, a 2-megapixel camera, and Push to Talk (PTT), says Motorola.


Linux music phone boasts stereo mini-jack

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| Motorola formally announced its MotoRokr EM35, a slider version of the EM30
| music phone that runs MontaVista Linux. The phone offers Bluetooth, USB, a
| 3-megapixel camera, and a haptic scroll interface, as well as music playback
| that is said to include virtual surround effects.


Motorola Joins Google Android Craze

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| Motorola's Android device is expected to feature a touch screen similar to
| the Apple iPhone, T-Mobile G1 or the recently announced BlackBerry Storm from
| Research In Motion. Motorola's yet-to-be-named Android device is also
| expected to feature a G1-style physical slide-out QWERTY keyboard.

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