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NEC Announces Use of Linux as Mobile Phone Operating System
Posted: 20-May-2003 [Source: Nikkei Electronics]

[The rumors are true... NEC plans to go with Linux for future smartphones, following the lead of other manufacturers like Sharp and Motorola.]

by Tomonori Shindo, Staff Editor, Nikkei Electronics -- "NEC Corp said it aims to introduce Linux as an operation system in its third-generation (3G) mobile phone handsets."

"Akira Yoshimoto, NEC's assistant general manager at a mobile terminal business unit, said the company's mobile phone handsets will adopt the Linux OS developed by MontaVista Software Inc of the United States, which is a leading company for embedded Linux. This is the first time that NEC disclosed that it is working on Linux for a mobile phone OS of its own, although it has been rumored that it may introduce Linux."

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