Trolltech has announced the release of Qtopia Greenphone, the first open Linux mobile device for application developers.
Greenphone reportedly 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.
Greenphone will be offered as part of a complete software development kit (SDK) and includes Trolltech’s Qtopia Phone Edition, an 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 smartphones. Developers can exploit these features and functions in developing their own unique applications.
‘So far, Trolltech’s Qtopia Linux framework has been successfully implemented in a number of mobile devices from leading manufacturers such as Motorola,’ said Dominic Lee, Research Analyst, Informa Telecoms & Media. ‘The introduction of Greenphone should be taken seriously as a software reference for building an open Linux ecosystem capable of competing with other established OS platforms.’