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Linux Phone Standards Forum Completes Release of 1.0 Specifications
Posted: 10-Dec-2007 [Source: LIPS Forum]

[Latest LiPS Release 1.0 specs enables basic interoperability for aplications and services deployed on Linux-based phones.]

Sophia Antipolis, France -- The Linux Phone Standards (LiPS) Forum today announced completion of the LiPS Release 1.0 specifications, fulfilling the commitment announced in June of this year. With this release, LiPS enables mobile industry players to achieve basic interoperability for applications and services deployed on Linux-based phones, benefiting Linux-based software stack suppliers, mobile device OEMs and regional and global telecom operators. These specifications include the LiPS Reference Model, Telephony, Messaging, Calendaring and Scheduling, Presence, User Interface Services, Address Book and Voice Call Enablers APIs.

In contrast to recent announcements from other bodies promoting Linux-based mobile software, LiPS output targets interoperability through real open standards and specifications, not de facto acceptance of a single platform implementation. The completed open specifications are publicly available on the LiPS web site at http://www.lipsforum.org.

From Open Standards to Standards-based Phones

The principal advantage to real open standards comes from choice of implementation. As with all formal standards, the challenge lies in moving from "paper standards" to creating code and actual devices. To that end, LiPS Forum members are already building software and equipment that follow the LiPS specifications. LiPS members and their peers across the mobile ecosystem have the choice of creating their own versions of LiPS-compliant code, of licensing implementations from other LiPS members or third parties, or of leveraging and contributing to open source implementations.

"Standards-based interoperability is crucial to the success of the global telecommunications marketplace," declared Haila Wang, president of the LiPS Forum. "LiPS is following the clear path blazed by GSM, TCP/IP, WiFi and other standards that enable communications among device types and brands, over multiple operator networks and across regional markets."

Delivering on Industry Commitments

"The completion and delivery of the LiPS 1.0 Specification illustrates the power of cooperation among industry leaders," noted Haila Wang. "LiPS Forum owes a debt of gratitude to Architecture Working Group members, and especially to Chair Guilhem Ensuque of Open-Plug."

Having completed its commitments for 2007, LiPS Forum is setting its sights on additional specification work in 2008. Planned for release are the Application Framework, Advanced Services APIs, Device Management APIs and additional Enabler APIs (e.g., for multimedia).

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