RAZR2 brings Linux to the masses

Motorola has shipped a number of phone models with Linux at their core, but none of them was mass-marketed or too successful (except in some Asian countries). But the day that Linux gets into a model that is guaranteed to be sold in millions of copies, has arrived. Motorola today announced the RAZR2, the successor to the RAZR phone — a phone that I always hated because of its OS and browser limitations. I have tried the ROKR2 phone which runs the same OS/interface as the Linux-based RAZR2, and the usability/browser experience is indeed better than the Motorola’s old RAZR line.

Too bad that Motorola won’t offer any SDK though. J2ME will still be the only way to write an app for these phones. Some of Motorola’s managers keep ensuring me that an SDK will be released for a future version of their Linux OS, but the day that happens is still not here.

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