When is the next and more powerful openmoko releasing

sam tygier samtygier at yahoo.co.uk
Thu Aug 12 23:47:53 CEST 2010

On 12/08/10 13:12, RANJAN wrote:
> Hi,
> When is the next and more powerful openmoko (capable of seamless 3D
> video and faster processor) is going to be released???
> Regards
> Sriranjan

there are 2 projects working on a future open phone.

last thing i heard on the mailing list is that they plan to make a small number (something like 20), and were collecting names of people who wanted to buy them (costing more, than a freerunner, and with a low chance of being fully functional). basically good for devs.

Openmoko Beagle Hybrid
A board to attach a beagleboard to an openmoko phone. its not actually a functioning phone, but lets you design a software stack for a future openmoko type phone, with much faster hardware.

note: i am not deeply involved, so i speak with no authority, but this is how i see it:

the difficulty in making a working phone is the economies of scale. i think there were about 10k freerunners made, which is maybe of the order of 2 million dollar/euro. even then you can't compete with specs on mainstream phones. so you need someone willing to put up a lot of money to get going.

hopefully the costs of hardware will continue to fall. opensource hardware is growing. if there are people working on designs, then all it takes is an investor and or benevolent, and it will be go again.  it would be nice if someone could get an openphone foundation going to focus the effort.


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