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New models bring number of LiMo handsets to 42

Panasonic and NEC reveal new Linux phones

Panasonic and NEC today unveiled nine new mobile phones that run LiMo, the Linux-based handset operating system.

The new models, developed for Japanese mobile operator NTT Docomo, feature high megapixel cameras, rich media capabilities and upgraded connectivity.

The total number of LiMo-compatible handsets now stands at 42, the largest number of commercially available mobile phones produced by any global collaborative development platform organisation.

Morgan Gillis, executive director of the LiMo Foundation, said: “This additional line of innovative handsets is indicative of the deep and abiding commitment our operators and device manufacturers hold towards fulfilling that promise by delivering next-generation LiMo technologies.”

NEC and Panasonic were among a number of mobile industry businesses that in February announced their intention to launch devices built on the LiMo platform. Motorola has already released a number of LiMo handsets, while companies including Vodafone and France Telecom have committed to introducing compatible phones this year.

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