Google Becomes The Mobile Linux Champion

With the recent announcement that Google will be entering the mobile-phone market with a Linux-based phone, speculation is beginning to surface on just what this might mean for Linux.

It takes deep pockets to break into a market like wireless phones, and a number of previous efforts haven't worked out as well as they could — look at the GreenPhone, which Trolltech recently decided to retire. However, with a deep-pocketed partner like Google, who knows where Mobile Linux could be headed.

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Justin Ryan is a Contributing Editor for Linux Journal.


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Greenphone was a success

lpotter's picture

Trolltech did not retire the Greenphone because it was a failure, they never intended to become a hardware company. The Greenphone never was going to be a consumer phone, but it was part of an SDK. Think of it as an inexpensive reference board. Trolltech's Greenphone initive was a success, it achieved what Trolltech set out to achieve with it - to build up a commnunity - both commercial and open source, and to get people interested in Qtopia.

Not a failure

Justin Ryan's picture

I didn't say it was a failure, I said it didn't work out as well as it could have. Hell, Linux Journal ran a cover story on hacking for the GreenPhone in last month's issue, only to have it go out of production before the next edition hit the newsstands.

I don't think it was a failure at all - quite frankly, if even one person was able to make use of it it's been pretty successful, because that's one less person locked down by the mobile giants - but it certainly could have been more successful.

Justin Ryan is a Contributing Editor for Linux Journal.

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