Yeah, we've heard it before
, but they mean it this time. Carriers Vodafone and NTT DoCoMo have teamed up with Motorola, Samsung, NEC, and Panasonic to succeed where others have failed, busting out a common Linux-based smartphone platform and sharing costs and R&D resources along the way. Besides unifying the fragmented mobile Linux community behind a single open platform, the group's goal is to see the light of day in a production phone before the end of 2007, but let's be honest -- the project won't be considered a success unless the joint venture can produce a popular, well-known platform that can scrap with the Symbians
and the Windows Mobiles
of the world. Hey, Access PalmSource
, you guys paying attention?