December 17, 2003

Samsung plans Linux-based smart phone for Chinese market

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. is planning to sell a Linux-based smart phone, the CDMA i519, in the Chinese market.

The phone is the latest wireless device to use a Linux operating system. The technology is continuing to gain traction in the wireless market as
device makers and carriers look for an alternative to the polarized battle between Microsoft Corp. and Symbian. To date Motorola Inc. has announced
wide-ranging support for Linux as a mobile-phone operating system, but so far has only introduced one Linux-based device. Other device makers,
including NEC Corp. and Panasonic, have voiced support for Linux.



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