Taiwan-based embedded design firm Openmoko is discontinuing its open-source Linux Neo FreeRunner phone and slashing its staff in half, says an industry report.

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Created by binarycanary 15 years 2 weeks ago – Made popular 15 years 2 weeks ago
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15 years 2 weeks 20 hours 45 min ago


what a pity

I was following this project and hoping the device will become my next phone. It supported Android and the roadmap seemed attractive ( better and better hardware ). Probably many people where watching the project and waiting for the right hardware ( particulary the support of 3G in Europe )

The possibilities would have been unlimited.

They benefitied for some support and buzz on the social media but probably not enough to reach their sales target.

Compare to other giants, which spend millions of dollars in marketing ... and have more cash flow to constantly invest in new products ( not so innovative anyway , and so closed souce ), there were little they could do.

Openmoko is not finished... maybe just no mature enough. Shareholders , customers , investors don t lose confidence in them

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Pat Johnson

15 years 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago


Openmoko FreeRunner is alive and well

Development of the Openmoko FreeRunner (codenamed GTA02) continues. Please see the following video with Steve Mosher, Openmoko VP Marketing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_d8Tsvj2TdQ
The next device the GTA03, whose design was in constant flux, has been suspended and with it some associated layoffs were necessary. Openmoko continues to focus its attention on the FreeRunner, a device that many developers and distributors have built their business around and that has recently gained additional strength in the embedded developer market. See the following videos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfo3ehDd2so and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpOU8f8EDmI There is no end of life to the FreeRunner phone.

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