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OS familyLinux (Unix-like)
Working stateDiscontinued
Kernel typeMonolithic (Linux)
Official websiteMOTODEV > Technologies > MOTOMAGX

MotoMagx was a Linux kernel-based mobile operating system developed and launched in 2007[1][2] by Motorola to run on their mid-to-high-end mobile phones. The system was based on MontaVista's Mobilinux. Originally intended for 60% of their upcoming devices,[3] it was soon dropped in favor of Android and Windows Mobile operating systems.[4]

MOTOMAGX was only compatible with Motorola's GSM/UMTS devices (as shown below). This was due to the lack of an implementation compatible with Qualcomm CDMA2000 devices. As a result, Motorola often sold multiple device variants with radically different firmware. For example, the Motorola RAZR2 on T-Mobile shipped with MOTOMAGX, whereas the RAZR2 on Verizon Wireless shipped with Motorola's P2k firmware.

This created significant confusion for customers,[citation needed] as the user experience varied widely between two otherwise identical devices, simply based on which carrier they were on.


Phones based on this OS are:


  1. ^ "Linux drängt in den Mobilfunkmarkt: Das Pinguin-Handy". Der Spiegel (in German). 21 August 2007. Retrieved 2021-09-22.
  2. ^ Paul, Ryan (2007-08-08). "Motorola reveals new Linux-based mobile platform". Ars Technica. Retrieved 2021-09-22.
  3. ^ Motorola Unveils MOTOMAGX Mobile Linux Platform. PR Newswire
  4. ^ Albanesius, Chloe. Motorola Delays Cell-Phone Spinoff, Drops Platforms. pcmag.com. October 30, 2008.