LiMo Foundation Onslaught On Android

While Google is busy locking down the new SDK and being “secretive” with their so-called open source platform, the LiMo Foundation has been ramping up new members for the upcoming battle of the titans where mobile OS is concerned.

Recently, LiMo recruited 11 new members bringing its tally to 52 in comparison to the OHA 34. It appears the LiMo platform is a more attractive Linux open source effort to many. Witness their bigger and ever growing alliance. The 11 new companies are from the US, Asia, and Europe. Nine of these came from LiPs ( Linux Phone Standards Forum) who joined the LiMo Foundation in June.

The onslaught by LiMo doesn’t end there. Today they unveiled 7 new phones, putting pressure on Google and the OHA to come out of hiding and show the world (especially us fanboys) what is cooking at the Googleplex. It’s becoming really annoying not knowing what is going on, when I see LiMo and others flashing their stuff. I keep hoping that Google and the OHA would do the same but alas. It feels like walking in desert hoping for Google and pals to bring me water.

Yet again I hope that some new and exciting news will appear in the coming weeks. Days would be even better. I need something to keep my adrenaline and anticipation up for my favorite mobile Linux OS.


  1. LiMo fail. No turnkey monetization for the foundation members ( i.e. Mobile AdSense ).

    To Mr. McKalin: I leave you with this Star Wars quote…

    “I find your lack of faith disturbing.” – Darth Vader

  2. i’ve always said limo is the dark horse in the mobile os wars. anyone else notice that trolltech, now owned by nokia, is a member of limo?………..

  3. The LiMo Foundation Platform reaches middleware and no further. In terms of user interaction nothing whatsoever is ensured with LiMo. It may be a good choice for handset manufacturers and carriers, but there is no compelling reason for any end user to go out of his way to buy a LiMo phone.

    Android, on the other hand, has a great deal to offer the end user. The standardization of the OS interface. The wide range of phenomenal applications already avaliable, with many more to come. Being created and backed by a company famous for amazing, innovative, and highly useful web software; and a near infinite budget.

    I would never by a LiMo phone over any other without examining the merits of each to decide which is better for me. I will purchase and Android phone as soon as they are avaliable because I know it will be awesome.

    Enough said.

  4. Calling LiMo to be Open Source is something to laugh about. It is a closed society sharing code between members. Nothing new…

  5. Some points worth noting: LiMo not only uses open source code, but member companies also contribute to, and support, the open source community in general, and a variety of open source projects in particular. Member company employees are actively involved in projects which include the kernel, yaffs, GTK+, Gstreamer, BlueZ, Webkit, and a number of others.

    Member companies are also active in the community in other ways: in just the past month, ACCESS–to give just one example–not only sponsored the GUADEC conference, but also presented there (for the second year running, on both scores). ACCESS likewise presented at the Ottawa Linux Symposium (again for the second year in a row). ACCESS is on the GNOME Foundation Advisory Board, and member of the Linux Foundation.

    So far, there’s nary a line of Android code available. None of the work done on Android, in any case, will benefit the open source community’s ongoing efforts in the slightest (other than, perhaps, in Webkit, but that certainly remains to be seen). Wrapping several million lines of code in an open source license will not spontaneously generate a community. Millions of lines of hitherto-unseen code, open source license or not, is nothing more than a code dump.

    LiMo interacts with, supports, and relies on the open source community. Android may be open source someday, but there’s certainly no community component (outside of the Googleplex) for the platform itself.

    Google feels that it’s better off going it alone, and reinventing pretty much every wheel there is in the process, rather than working with others. That’s their privilege, certainly, but it’s not the “open source way” of going about things. It’s unfortunate that their marketing guy makes statements like “open source projects don’t ship according to a schedule” (when projects like GNOME and Ubuntu have shipped every six months like clockwork for a number of years) to justify their decision.

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