Linux Mobile Development Handset Released

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Trolltech has launched an open Linux mobile device for application developers. Greenphone enables developers to create modify and test Linux based mobile phone applications on a working GSM GPRS device making the applications easier to build and faster to bring to market. Greenphone will be offered as part of a complete software development kit (SDK) and includes Trolltech's Qtopia Phone Edition an application platform and user interface for Linux based mobile phone.

Although not intended as a commercial mobile phone, Greenphone has many of the communication functions and features found in today's sophisticated smartphones. Developers can exploit these features and functions in developing their own unique applications.

Greenphone is the first in a series of open mobile devices the company plans to make available in cooperation with its partners. Greenphone is a functioning mobile camera phone with the capability to re-flash the applications of the device.

"So far, Trolltech's Qtopia Linux framework has been successfully implemented in a number of mobile devices from leading manufacturers such as Motorola. The introduction of Greenphone will strengthen Trolltech's position as a leading Linux middleware provider and should be taken seriously as a software reference for building an open Linux ecosystem capable of competing with other established OS platforms", said Dominic Lee, Research Analyst, Informa Telecoms & Media.

"With Greenphone, the sky is the limit when it comes to creating and testing new applications on a powerful mobile device platform," said Haavard Nord, co-CEO, Trolltech. "Developers can create applications to suit the evolving needs of carriers and end users with a dramatically reduced development cycle," added Eirik Chambe-Eng, co-CEO, Trolltech."

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