Trolltech gives mobile phones a Linux boost

By   |  November 30, 2006

Trolltech has plans to speed up the use of Linux-based cellphones by offering developers a Linux-based OS and applications suitable for mobile phones.

Greensuite, built on the Qtopia embedded Linux platform for mobile phones, is a set of applications similar to other mobile operating systems and applications such as Symbian and Microsoft’s Windows Mobile that developers and handset makers can use to create rich applications.

The release of Greensuite follows Trolltech’s release earlier this year of the Greenphone, a Linux-based fully programmable mobile phone.

In a release yesterday, Trolltech said that “developers now have the benefits and freedom of Linux and an out-of the-box choice of partner technologies all pre-integrated with … Qtopia. Availability of Qtopia source code enables developers to tailor the UI to fit end-user needs.”

Qtopia Greensuite #1, the first release to be available early next year, is targeted at the high-end smart phone market and is the first in many planned software suites. The software will include a WAP and HTML browser, a messaging solution, a multimedia package including video and audio recording, DRM, 3D graphics, 2.5G and 3G telephony enabled, video telephony, VoIP support, Java MIDP, CLDC, various JSRs, document viewing and editing, VPN client and synchronisation tools.

CNet reports, however, that Greensuite will not be distributed for free under the GPL (General Public License), as it will include proprietary code from Trolltech’s partners — such as the Opera browser and Zi input software.

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