CEBIT - ImCoSys previews Linux smart phone

ImCoSys displayed its new Linux smart phone at Cebit.

Swiss company ImCoSys debuted its new Linux smart phone, which runs embedded Linux and includes additional applications such as a browser, calendar and music player, at the Cebit trade show in Hanover, Germany.

ImCoSys, which wrote the applications, expects the phone to become commercially available in June in Europe and the U.S. The lightweight device is packed with features, including GPS (global positioning system), Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. It also operates over GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) networks.

The phone supports push e-mail from IBM's Lotus and Microsoft's Exchange servers, said Adrian Steinmann, director of marketing and sales for ImCoSys. It is also supports SyncML, a protocol that is designed to be an open standard for synching information such as calendar entries and e-mail between a computer and devices like mobile phones.

It can display files in a variety of formats including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF (Portable Document Format) and JPEG, ImCoSys said.

The phone comes with a stylus for navigation and includes 64M bytes of flash memory and features an SD-Slot for adding memory.

A visitor to the ImCoSys booth, Luigi Monaco, the owner of 3D animation design firm Ocanom, said he's interested in buying the ImCoSys phone when it becomes available. He wants a Linux smart phone because with an open-source operating system he can develop his own applications to run on the phone, he said. He also is interested in the included GPS functionality.

The smart phone, which supports five languages, will sell for Euro 298 (US$355), Steinmann said. It will be available from ImCoSys' Web site as well as from resellers, he said.

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