Less than a week after the release of Apple’s iphone in the US, an off-hand comment has finally made me excited about the future of mobile communication technology. OpenMoko is a Linux-based platform that is designed to enable you to “Free Your Phone”. In only a few months time, the first smartphone built for the OpenMoko software platform will be publicly available.
Apparently, the Neo1973 phone was meant to ship a few months before the release of the iphone, but hardware delays have pushed the release date back to about October this year. Developers already have some of these phones, however, and it is also possible to get OpenMoko running on other phones.
I doubt I’ll be able to afford one in October, but the OpenMoko project and the Neo1973 phone are hopefully heralding in a new age of mobile software and devices.