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Gallery by Michael Oryl on Sunday February 18, 2007.

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Last week at the 3GSM show in Barcelona, we spent some time with Trolltech, the folks responsible for the Linux powered Qtopia Greenphone. The Greenphone is a reference hardware design that is packaged with the company's Qtopia platform software developer's kit (SDK) for companies that wish to develop new mobile devices and services based on Linux. It is a fully functional smartphone that runs an embedded version of the Linux OS using version 2.4.19 of the Linux kernel.

The phone itself runs Qtopia Phone Edition on a 312MHz processor. It has a QVGA (240x320) resolution display, 64MB of internal RAM, and 128MB of built-in flash storage. The triband GSM (900/1800/1900MHz) device even supports Bluetooth and has a 1.3 megapixel camera. Fairly modern specs.

The Qtopia platform itself might not sound familiar, but is likely something that many readers out there have come across in one form or another. Qtopia was what Sharp's line of Linux-based Zaurus PDA devices ran atop, and the core Qtopia system is the basis for Motorola's Linux/JUIX based devices, including the A1200 Ming. Motorola developed their own UI on top of Qtopia, but the OS and the basic application programming interfaces (API) come from Trolltech's Qtopia. In fact, Motorola is Trolltech's largest customer.

The phone itself worked pretty well for us. The user interface can adopt many different looks, and the system seemed reasonably intuitive based on our limited use of it, though it was a bit sluggish at times. It isn't bad looking, either, which always counts for something. You can buy your own Greenphone packaged with the Qtopia SDK for US$890 direct from Trolltech.

You'll find more live 3GSM photos of the Trolltech Qtopia Greenphone on the following page.


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