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CNET News: Linux to Power Most Motorola phones

Feb 13, 2003, 14:30 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland, Ben Charny)

[ Thanks to Peter Frandsen for this link. ]

"Motorola will begin selling its first cell phone based on Linux this year and says most future models will follow suit, a major sign of the growing popularity of operating system outside its stronghold on high-end computers.

"Motorola's Linux-powered A760, an elaborate color-screen phone with a digital camera, MP3 audio player, video player and the ability to run Java programs, will go on sale in Asia in the third quarter, with introductions in North America and Europe afterward. Eventually, the company plans to move Linux to lower-end phones, said Scott Durschlag, corporate vice president for strategy and business development for Motorola's personal communications sector.

"'We think we'll move millions of units' of cell phones running Linux, Durschlag said. 'I think you'll see it take over the majority of our portfolio going forward,' including lower-end phones..."

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