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November 3, 2009

Mobile industry goes open source

Experts envision that The Future of the Web will be rather a combination of mobile, real-time and service oriented solutions. Mobile is already here as big players stepped into the game and made their bets on technology.

Cell phone manufacturers such as HTC, Motorola, Samsung, LG, Sony Ericsson, Philips, Dell and others have released their series of Android based devices, and some aiming to compete with iPhone and Blackberry. The Android avalanche and Droid mania are pushing Android OS to become more attractive for developers and users, thus confirming Google CEO Eric Schmidt's statement that "Android adoption is about to explode".

After all, it's not only about Android. Recently Qualcomm announced that it has established a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, focused on mobile open source platforms and to optimize open source software with Qualcomm technology. Funambol reports Top Ten Leading Mobile Companies Choose Mobile Open Source for major, innovative projects, including new mobile devices, cloud services, social networking and 4G apps.

Mobile industry is following the web industry trends in terms of technology, integration and adoption. 2009 was the year of maturity for how open source can be used as a tool for cheaper, faster collaborative software development, which reduces barriers to entry and breeds innovation. 2010 will be the year of open source leadership on the web and mobile. Now is the right time to go open source.

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