OPhone

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OPhone
OPhone logo.jpg
Company / developer OPhone Software Developers Network
Working state Current
Source model Free and open source software
Initial release 2 August 2009; 5 years ago (2009-08-02)
Latest release OPhone 2.5 / 22 April 2011; 3 years ago (2011-04-22)[1][2]
Platforms ARM, MIPS, Power Architecture, x86
Kernel type Monolithic (Linux)
License Apache 2.0 and GPLv2[3]
Official website www.ophonesdn.com

OPhone, or OMS (Open Mobile System), is a mobile operating system running on the Linux kernel. It is based on technologies initially developed by Android Inc., a firm later purchased by Google, and work done by the Open Handset Alliance.[4] The OPhone OS has appeared only on China Mobile phones, and the software was developed for China Mobile by software firm Borqs.[5] A modified version of OMS has appeared on other carriers as Android+, also developed and maintained by Borqs.[6] Android has been modified for local Chinese markets by China Mobile's OPhone Software Developers Network.[7][8]

History[edit]

OPhone is a Linux-based smartphone software platform developed by China Mobile and based on the Android operating system developed by Google. OPhone is based on open source software and mobile internet technologies. For end-users, OPhone aims to provide cheap, low frills, entry-level smartphone access and a limited mobile internet experience using China Mobile's proprietary TD-SCDMA network, and its GSM network.

Software development[edit]

China Mobile consecutively released the 1.0 and 1.5 versions of the OPhone SDK for public use.[9][10]

In February 2010, China Mobile released the 2.0 version of the SDK for public use. According to a Sina Tech release,[11] this iteration would include support for the Windows Mobile API framework.[12][13]

As of April 2010 around 600 apps had been developed specifically for OPhones.[14]

Future plan[edit]

Contrary to rumours[clarification needed] of OPhones discontinuation,[15][16] China Mobile and Borqs are continuing OPhone development, with OPhone 3.0 expected to be released at the end of 2011 or 2012Q1.[17][18]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ (Chinese)"OPhone 2.5系统发布 播思:具自主知识产权". 康钊. 山寨机. Retrieved 2011-09-08. 
  2. ^ "China Mobile Unveils OPhone 2.5". TMCnet. April 22, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Licenses". Android Open Source Project. Open Handset Alliance. Retrieved 2008-10-22. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Industry Leaders Announce Open Platform for Mobile Devices" (Press release). Open Handset Alliance. 2007-11-05. Retrieved 2007-11-05. 
  5. ^ "Borqs to Launch OPhone 3.0 in Q1 2012". Marbridge Consulting Daily Report. June 8, 2011. 
  6. ^ "China's OPhone to find its way to US as Android+". Megan Ko. Computer World. May 28, 2010. 
  7. ^ "China Mobile Ophone hopes". Zheng Lifei. China Daily. September 1, 2009. 
  8. ^ (Chinese)"OPhone OS介绍". OPhone SDN. Retrieved September 30, 2012. 
  9. ^ "China Mobile's OPhone SDK goes gold". Chris Ziegler. Engadget. August 3, 2009. 
  10. ^ (Chinese)"OPhone SDK 1.5新特性及API变化" (Press release). OPhone SDN. November 5, 2009. 
  11. ^ (Chinese)"中国移动将面向LTE推OPhone 2.0版本". Sina Tech. August 31, 2009. 
  12. ^ "China Mobile's OMS 2.0 Android OS supports Windows Mobile APIs. What's that?". Mobile Tech World. Retrieved September 30, 2012. 
  13. ^ "China Mobile's OPhone platform goes 2.0, supports WinMo API... wait, what?". Richard Lai. Engadget. February 2, 2010. 
  14. ^ "China Mobile to Improve Smartphone OS With New Alliance". Michael Kan. PCWorld. Dec 13, 2010. 
  15. ^ (Chinese)"中移动精兵简政 ophone处境尴尬或遭抛弃". Hexun Tech. July 12, 2010. 
  16. ^ (Chinese)"中移动高层更换,OPHONE遭抛弃". Archived from the original on November 5, 2010. [unreliable source?]
  17. ^ (Chinese)OPhone 2.0将于近期发布 可兼容Android 2.0[unreliable source]
  18. ^ http://www.8080.net/html/201106/m131251010.shtml[dead link]

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