LiMo Foundation Welcomes Google's Mobile Initiative

    LONDON & TOKYO, November 5 /CNW/ - The LiMo Foundation today issued a
statement from Executive Director Morgan Gillis and Chairman Kiyohito Nagata
in regard to Google's mobile initiative announcement.

    "The LiMo Foundation welcomes the news of Google's mobile initiative. We
believe Google's entry into the mobile industry and the launch of the Open
Handset Alliance further validate mobile Linux as the foundation technology
enabling convergence within and beyond mobile," said Morgan Gillis.

    "LiMo has been created by the mobile industry to deliver an open,
Linux-based middleware platform for use by the whole mobile industry and speed
the creation of compelling next-generation user experiences. LiMo launched in
January 2007 with the backing of a strong and balanced cadre of Founder
Members - Motorola, NEC, NTT DoCoMo, Panasonic Mobile Communications, Samsung
Electronics and Vodafone - and has rapidly secured broad industry engagement
with 21 members now signed."

    Kiyohito Nagata, Senior Vice President at NTT DoCoMo and Chairman of the
LiMo Foundation commented: "LiMo is a dedicated alliance of mobile technology
leaders working together to create a common Linux based software platform from
market proven technologies that are found in members' existing commercial
products. DoCoMo's recently announced N905i and P905i handsets already use
LiMo platform technology. We expect more LiMo devices to be deployed in the
coming months."

    Morgan Gillis continued: "LiMo is founded on a shared understanding among
mobile industry leaders that the value line on handsets has been redrawn. In
the mobile industry today, most differentiating value within software lies in
the layer of applications and services shaping next-generation user
experiences that sits above the middleware that is common across handset
vendors and models. LiMo's role is to deliver that common middleware platform.
We believe this can most effectively be achieved through the cooperative
development and open-source licensing of mobile Linux based technology, rather
than through commercially licensed, proprietary platforms.

    "LiMo believes that the Open Handset Alliance is in concurrence with our
core beliefs. LiMo and Open Handset Alliance, in fact, share membership across
the mobile Linux ecosystem. There are no philosophical or technological
obstacles preventing LiMo and the Open Handset Alliance from working together

    About the LiMo Foundation

    The LiMo Foundation is an independent, not-for-profit entity that strives
to increase the adoption of Linux within the mobile industry. The LiMo
Foundation aims to leverage the mobile Linux platform to create an open,
transparent, scalable ecosystem spanning application and middleware developer
communities and to encourage the creation of compelling, differentiated and
enhanced consumer experiences. A full description of the foundation, including
the vision, goals, charter and membership information can be found at

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