When we saw the mysterious SGH-i858 first appear
courtesy of our pals at the FCC, we had nary a clue what platform the phone might be sitting atop. Since then, the GSM / EDGE slider has launched on China Mobile, and IBM Korea is ready to talk about their role in the project. It turns out the i858 rocks Linux -- not at all unusual for smartphones marketed in China -- but IBM tossed an embedded Java subsystem into the mix, which we can only hope will make for some wicked fast Spore play
. They also hinted that the i858 is just the beginning of a broader collaboration between Samsung and IBM, suggesting more handsets packing IBM heat are in the pipeline.