OpenMoko unveiled its open source mobile communications platform last year and one of their partners, First international Computer (FIC), will release its first open source phone based on OpenMoKo. Here is more info on the phone and the platform:
"First International Computer (FIC) announced that OpenMoko is the platform of choice for their next generation smartphones. Joining OpenMoko at the Open Source in Mobile Conference in Amsterdam, FIC announced that their latest smartphone, called the "Neo1973," will be the first commercially available smartphone powered by OpenMoko. Key features of the Neo1973 smartphone include:
* 2.8" VGA touch screen * A-GPS for location and navigation services * GSM850/900/1800/1900 compatibility for network support in Europe, Asia Pacific, Japan, Africa and the US * Application manager to install / remove / update applications * Push email, contacts, and calendar synchronization * OpenMoko Software Development Kit (SDK) for application development
OpenMoko has partnered with mobile open source software company, Funambol, to provide full push email and PIM synchronization support to all applications running on the OpenMoko platform. Connecting to corporate messaging and collaboration servers will be as transparent as sending a SMS and installing a new application will be possible from virtually anywhere. With OpenMoko and Funambol, mobile phones will stay in sync with their environment while automatically update themselves as new features are added and bugs are fixed.
The Neo 1973 smartphone will be available starting July 2007. More information on features, specifications, availability and other details can be found at www.openmoko.com "