Verizon to add LiMo's Linux OS devices

Verizon Wireless is reportedly poised to introduce a suite of handsets based on the LiMo Foundation's mobile Linux OS as the operator forges ahead on its Any Apps, Any Device open access initiative. Unstrung reports Verizon will officially announce the addition of LiMo-based open source devices sometime this week, following up on a promise CTO Tony Melone made in March when he said the operator would begin testing initial voice and data devices in mid-May.

While Google's fledgling Android OS is also Linux-based, LiMo Foundation boasts an early edge after unveiling the first commercial handsets based on its LiMo Platform at the Mobile World Congress 2008 event in Barcelona in February. LiMo handsets include Motorola's Moto U9, Moto Z6w, Motorokr Z6 and Razr2 V8, NEC's FOMA N905i and FOMA N705i, Panasonic's FOMA P905iTV and FOMA N7051, and Samsung's SGH-i800. Reference and prototype LiMo handsets from LG, Aplix and Purple Labs were also introduced.

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