Trolltech's Qtopia is a commonly used mobile Linux. It's used in a large number of different devices – from Sony's mylo communicator, to Motorola and Panasonic's Linux phones. While you might not have come across it in the Carphone Warehouse, it's a common platform in one of the biggest mobile markets going – China. But how do …
Too expensive and not open enough
Compared to OpenMoko it's too expensive, there's an SDK licence fee to be paid.
The phone hardware is low end to average. You'd expect a phone from HTC with such specs to come in at $350 max.
OpenMoko has no licence fees, is more open and the developer version of the phone cost me $350 (inc shipping). Retail version is expected to be $450.
The specs of the OpenMoko are on the whole better, VGA screen, GPS. With the retail version it will also get Wifi, 3D chip and two accelerometers (like in the Wii controller and iPhone).
Re: Too expensive and not open enough
I just wanted to clarify a few things about this comment. Trolltech is using our standard dual-license approach to our Greenphone SDK: Open and free (GPL) for open source developers, commercial for commercial developers so if someone is doing open source development they don't need to pay for the SDK.
As for the cost of the device, we sell it at cost - we don't make any
profits on the greenphone, only cover the hardware costs. Our main goal is to get another mobile linux development platform on the market for the community (open source and commercial) to play with and to enhance the third party application market.
And you're right, the Neo 1973 (OpenMoko phone) is a great piece of hardware. We have a few and are playing with them and we really like them!
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