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OpenMoko

(OPEN MObile Communications) A Linux-based operating system designed for a mobile environment. Unlike other mobile operating systems, which are geared to phone and related applications, OpenMoko is a fully functioning operating system that can be programmed for any function. Including GPS as part of its core features and initially targeted at GSM cellphones, the first OpenMoko phone was the Neo1973, introduced in mid-2007.

The "ko" in Moko stands for "Kommunikation," the German word for communication, but the "Moko" is also a play on Motorola's "Moto" branding. For more information about the OpenMoko open source community, visit www.openmoko.org. For more about the Neo1973 phone, visit www.openmoko.com.


Neo1973 OpenMoko Phone
Introduced in 2007, the touchscreen Neo1973 was the first OpenMoko phone released to the developer community. Made by Taiwan-based First International Computer, Inc. (FIC), the major sponsor of OpenMoko, the OpenMoko project within the company was turned into OpenMoko, Inc. (Image courtesy of OpenMoko, Inc., www.openmoko.com)
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SAN FRANCISCO -- Openmoko, maker of open source mobile products, today announced that it has taken another step in opening its mobile platform to the development community by announcing it will publish the schematics for the Neo 1973 and Neo FreeRunner mobile phones.
The Neo Freerunner comes to market after Openmoko shipped the highly successful Neo 1973 in 2007.
Pulster will distribute the Neo 1973 and Neo FreeRunner, a Wi-Fi-enabled mobile device with sophisticated graphics capable of handing a new generation of open source mobile applications.
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- OpenMoko, originators of the Neo 1973, the world's first totally open mobile phone that continues to receive critical acclaim from the Free and Open Source (FOSS) developer community, will unveil the Neo FreeRunner, a version of the phone tailored for mass market consumers.
Maintaining the overall look and feel of the developers' Neo 1973, the Neo FreeRunner features hardware improvements such as 2D/3D graphics and a faster 500MHz processor that boosts performance to enable video and audio processing, as well as a new generation of mobile applications emerging from the open source community.
The original Neo 1973 sold out within three days of its introduction in July 2007, giving open source developers and hackers a hardware and software platform to build a completely new mobile device for both vertical markets and consumers.
FreeRunner's a significantly improved device from the Neo 1973.
We have reached our initial milestone with the developer version of the Neo 1973 -- the world's first entirely open mobile phone, and will shortly announce an exciting new consumer product and key US partner," said Sean Moss-Pultz, CEO of OpenMoko.
On the heels of the successful launch of the Neo 1973, the world's first totally open FOSS mobile platform, the innovative Dash Express breaks ground as the first consumer electronics device based on the OpenMoko GTA0X reference design.
We always saw the Neo 1973 as more than a mobile phone; it's the harbinger of the coming generation of open mobile devices aimed at the Web2.
We welcome Trolltech extending the reach of our Neo 1973 and the OpenMoko platform.
A binary image to flash onto the Neo 1973 is available on Qtopia.