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[News] Almost Confirmed: Mobile Giant Gives Microsoft the Boot, Chooses Linux

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Moto Backing Away From Windows Mobile

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| Earlier this month reports emerged that Motorola would cut as much as 50 
| percent of its handset division, as it slashes down the number of phones it 
| sells to a dozen and focus solely on Google’s Android Operating System. The 
| decision, made us wonder if Microsoft’s Windows Mobile OS might be a big 
| loser because of that focus on Android. The Wall Street Journal today reports 
| that Motorola indeed might be saying sayonara to Windows.     



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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