Japanese firms plan Linux and Symbian tie-up on mobiles

NTT Docomo, Renesas Electronics, Fujitsu, NEC, Panasonic Mobile Communications and Sharp have agreed to jointly develop a new application platform for mobile phones that will be compatible with both the Symbian and Linux operating systems.

Commercial launch of mobile phones incorporating the new platform is by the end of March 2012.
The partners said the platform will offer improved processing speeds for high-quality video and enhanced 3D graphics processing for multimedia.
The platform will enable mobile phone manufacturers Fujitsu, NEC, Panasonic Mobile Communications and Sharp to avoid having to develop basic application-processing functions on their own, thereby allowing them to significantly reduce development time and costs and invest more time and resources in the development of manufacturer-specific handset features.
The platform is planned to be offered to mobile phone manufacturers worldwide. Compatibility with open operating systems such as Android also is under consideration.

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