The Linux Mobile Foundation (LiMo) was formed in 2007 and has been a forerunner in the development of open source technology in the mobile industry. There’s been some recent concern within the industry that LiMO could be slipping from its number one position as a leader in the open source mobile movement. However, the release of LiMo 4 suggests otherwise.
Open Source Mobile Phones
Historically, mobile phones have been part of an industry of closed development. This means that handset makers and carriers created their own software platforms and features for use exclusively in the devices they produce. However, this is changing. The switch towards app-based mobile phones means that consumers now more choices for customization, rather than being dictated to by whoever has made their handset.
LiMo as a Leader
Before this great switch to app-based handsets, one of the few voices in the industry to advocate open source customization options for mobile was LiMo. Seven businesses came together in 2007 to form this organization and push for hardware-independent, open source mobile platforms.
Changes at LiMo
There have been changes taking place at LiMo as the industry has come to accept the idea that a more open source approach to handset development makes the most sense for consumers. Google really stole LiMo’s spotlight when it introduced the Android platform and Motorola, one of the seven founding businesses of LiMo, decided to leave LiMo in 2009 for the purpose of concentrating specifically on Android handset development. Samsung was another LiMo member that significantly reduced its attention to Linux-based phones because of an interest in developing its line of Android handsets. These departures have made many people wonder whether LiMo continues to have a place in the mobile phone industry.
LiMo 4 Unveiled
The LiMo Foundation unveiled the LiMo 4 platform at Mobile World Congress suggesting that they are still working hard to be on the cutting-edge of developments in open source mobile technology. LiMo Executive Director Morgan Gillis said: “LiMo 4 represents a timely milestone in the advancement of a uniquely open and independent device platform that is completely free of inherent brand and conflicts.”
Some of the features of LiMo 4 include:
- A new, more powerful UI with multi-tasking and multi-touch features
- An expanded library of widgets
- 3D window effects, a top aesthetic choice in the modern market.
- Advanced multimedia features
- Location based services
- Social media integration and services
- Support for scalable screen resolution so that the platform can be used across differed devices without affecting the consumer’s experience
Why LiMo is Still Relevant?
LiMo is about true open source collaboration in the mobile phone industry, designed to give consumers more choice when it comes to their mobile phones. With LiMo still working on open source projects, the industry does not have to be dominated specifically by Android handsets or brands like Apple. It can have a multitude of options, which increases competition in the industry and results in better products for everyone.