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Samsung has launched a LiMo-based handset that supports Vodafone's 360 service

The LiMo Foundation, a consortium of mobile phone companies, is promoting the move as proof that its operating system can support sophisticated services running on advanced phones.

“The collaboration between Vodafone and Samsung that resulted in the 360 H1 device is a ringing endorsement of LiMo’s uniquely independent and collaborative approach to realising key technology for the benefit of the whole industry and signals the first of a wave of R2 LiMo handsets due in the coming months,” said Morgan Gillis, executive director of the LiMo Foundation.

The Vodafone 360 H1 by Samsung has a touchscreen interface that links users to the Vodafone service. The phone has a 3.5in WVGA AMOLED display and supports advanced features, such as 720P HD video recording. The Vodafone 360 service includes a universal contact list that integrates information from address books within various services, and a 3D zoom feature that enables users to browse their latest interactions in chronological order.

“As a Founder Member of the LiMo Foundation, we have been highly involved in driving the platform forward and are truly delighted that Samsung has delivered the first R2 LiMo handset”, said JK Shin, executive vice president and head of mobile communications division, Samsung Electronics.

Patrick Chomet, Vodafone group director of terminals and a founder director of the LiMo Foundation, said: “We have chosen to launch our new service strategy on the LiMo Platform, which demonstrates Vodafone’s strong belief and ongoing commitment to LiMo.”

The LiMo Foundation has also announced that operators including NTT DOCOMO, Orange, SK Telecom, Telefonica, Verizon Wireless and Vodafone intend to launch LiMo handsets based on the current R2 and upcoming R3 version of the operating system by the end of next year.

Handsets will be sourced from LiMo OEMs who have worked with other LiMo members to develop and refine the LiMo Platform. OEMs within LiMo Foundation include LG, NEC, Panasonic, Samsung, Casio Hitachi, Huawei and ZTE. To date, more than 40 LiMo compliant handset models have been delivered to millions of consumers around the world.

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