MontaVista, PalmSource Share Linux Party Line
Two leaders in mobile device software have joined forces to foster the development of next-generation Linux-based mobile phones.MontaVista Software Inc. and PalmSource Inc., two leaders in mobile device software, have joined each others partner programs and are teaming up to "help further accelerate the development of next generation Linux-based mobile phones," the companies announced today. They plan to "leverage their collective expertise to create integrated solutions for handset vendors and mobile operators looking to build Linux handsets." PalmSource has joined MontaVistas Mobilinux Open Framework partner program, and MontaVista has joined PalmSources "Palm Powered Mobile World" (PPMW) program.
Market analyst Gartner recently reported that embedded Linux powered 13.7 percent of smartphones shipped worldwide in the first quarter of 2005, up 412 percent from 3.4 percent in Q1-04, and well ahead of both Palm OS and Windows Mobile Smartphone Q1-05 shipments, which were 4.6 and 4.5 percent, respectively. Additionally, Gartner noted that smartphones comprise the fastest-growing portion of the "mobile terminal" market, with sales expected to double year-over-year in 2006, reaching 200 million by 2008.