Operators, vendors push for Linux on mobile devices

Several handset vendors and international operators said they plan to form an alliance to develop and support a global version of Linux for mobile devices by the end of 2007. Samsung, Motorola, NTT DoCoMo, NEC, Panasonic, and Vodafone said they were creating an independent, not-for-profit group to take on the effort and share the costs. Current Linux initiatives for handsets haven't been uniform, resulting in varying ways to develop and support manufacturers and application developers. Linux on mobiles has been touted as a way to reduce costs for manufacturers, create an open and stable platform for developers and bypass reliance on OS providers like Microsoft. The group wants to create technical requirements for the OS architecture and APIs. What impact will this have on the likes of Symbian?

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