Symbian is an open platform for smartphones overseen by the Symbian Foundation. It formerly existed as a proprietary mobile operating system under the Symbian OS name, which was under the control of Nokia, Ericsson, Motorola and Psion. Nokia was the majority share holder. In 2008, Nokia acquired complete control of the platform and made it available as an open source [...]
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Bada, Korean for ocean, is a platform for smartphones developed and maintained by Samsung, a multi-faceted, digital technology company. Bada is not open to other handset vendors in the same sense as Android, but it is open for developers to create applications for smartphones powered by Bada. “The bada platform is kernel-configurable so that it can run either on the [...]
MeeGo is a new Linux platform formed from the merger of Intel’s Moblin platform and Nokia’s Maemo platform. The objective is to have a single platform that will be usable on a wide range of devices – “netbooks/entry-level desktops, handheld computing and communications devices, in-vehicle infotainment devices, connected TVs, and media phones.” The platform is scheduled for release by the [...]
Android is a Linux-based operating system for mobile platforms developed and maintained principally by Google. It now powers a number of smartphones currently in the market including Google’s own Nexus One, and several handsets from Motorola, Acer and other members of the Open Handset Alliance. The platform was announced to much fanfare in late 2007. Here’s a video introducing the [...]
The LiMo is another mobile Linux platform aimed primarily at handsets. It’s development and maintenance is spear-headed by the LiMo Foundation. It’s stated goal is “to create an open, Linux-based software platform for use by the whole global industry to produce mobile devices through a balanced and transparent contribution process enabling a rich ecosystem of differentiated products, applications, and services [...]