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The Register: Linux, MP3 and Bluetooth on one phone

Dec 02, 2000, 21:35 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Leyden)

"The handset includes: games (provided by Mdream, Korea); Bluetooth (provided by Zeen, Korea) QT/Embedded (provided by Trolltech, Norway); and a web browser from Opera Software. The IMT-2000 smartphone is based on a StrongARM SA1110 206MHz with a 4 inch LCD display and Bluetooth interface. It also features a camera, serial and USB ports, and a voice codec."

"Linux on a smart phone sounds appealing but there is a nagging concern that the evolution of more versions of the operating system, to pitch it towards embedded devices, could lead to fragmentation of the operating system. Also it has to be remembered that Linux has its competitors to become a platform for smart phone."

"The Palmi is pitched in the same area as Sagem WA3050, which integrates high-speed wireless technology with Microsoft's Pocket PC platform and Symbian-based devices such as Ericsson's R380. Not to be outdone this week Nokia Networks announced that GEO Interactive Media Group will develop a streaming MPEG-4 video Emblaze(TM) player and telco-grade video server/gateway for the Nokia 9210 Color Communicator."

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