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Trolltech announced Qtopia Greenphone, the first open Linux mobile device for application developers. Greenphone enables commercial and open source developers, in-house software developers and handset manufacturers 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, a comprehensive 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.
Software: Qtopia Phone Edition Linux kernel
Hardware: Touch-screen & keypad UI, QVGA LCD color screen, Intel Xscale 312 MHz dual core, 64MB RAM, 128MB Flash, Mini-SD card slot, Broadcom BCM2121 modem, Bluetooth equipped, Mini-USB port
Size: 106.5 x 49.0 x 15.6 mm
Greenphone will be available mid-September in limited quantities, and the phone is intended only for Linux mobile software developers.