Vodafone (NYSE:VOD) is puttingthe LiMo Foundations Linux-based operating system at the heart of its new social-networking centric mobile Internet portal, called 360, and plans to bring the phones and service to most of its global subsidaries this year and next. The big exception is Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ, NYSE:VOD), which tends to go its own way anyhow. But while VZW may not be participating in Vodafone’s global cloud applications extraveganza, it is still following its lead on the device.
Verizon Wireless reiterated its commitment to the LiMo platform today, along with a handful of other global operators, to launch a LiMo-based device in 2009 or 2010. Verizon passed on the first release of the LiMo operating system but is now primed to take advantage of release 2 or the forthcoming release 3 of the operating system, which support a raft of new features that weren’t available in the first round of LiMo devices. Those include enhanced support for location-based services, integrated contact list and personal information management and web-based applications such as widgets.
Vodafone is taking full advantage of those new capabilities withe 360, and if the new release 2 Samsung phone Vodafone is launching is any indication, Verizon could be sporting some pretty slick Linux smartphones in the coming year. The H1’s large touch-screen interface supports HD video, and its interface is designed to aggregate content from multiple social networking and social media sites with the phones contact list and other applications.