Android is built on the open Linux Kernel and utilizes a custom virtual machine that has been designed to optimize memory and hardware resources. Developers have been offered a $10 million reward for developing amazing and innovative mobile applications for the platform.
As the brains behind the Open Handset Alliance Google says they are “committed to commercially deploy handsets and services using the Android Platform in the second half of 2008″.
Deeda Pi Phone
Although not very well known the deeda Device family look like they could really succeed when commercially available. The three devices, Kiku, Menx and Pi, are all Linux based touch screen devices and offer users the freedom to create new applications, install third-party programs, and customize the interfaces as much as they want.
The Pi phone comes with 3.6″ High Resolution Screen, WiFi, 3G Internet and a 5.0 Mega pixel camera. A promotional video of this handset is available showing some very impressive features and an iPhone style interface.
OpenMoko is a Linux based open source mobile application development platform. Operators and developers have full access to OpenMoko source and they can build innovative applications on top of a basic phone platform.
Unlike most other Linux based phones the OpenMoko isn’t just vapour ware. Visit the shop and you can buy one today for $300.
Currently the phone is only intended for developers but a consumer orientated device is being manufactured for launch next year. The FIC’s Neo1973 smartphone, which utilizes the full OpenMoko platform will be available in January 2008.
Interestingly Trolltech, manufacturer of the Linux based Qtopia Greenphone, has sold out of Greenphones and is now directing customers to the OpenMoko website instead.
“Please note: Trolltech has sold out of Qtopia Greenphones and will not be producing more. To purchase phone hardware for Qtopia development, Trolltech suggests Open Moko’s Neo 1973.”