nyone fond of creating their own applications within a open source environment will soon be able to get mobile. Openmoko has finally announced the launch date of its Neo FreeRunner open-source phone.
Openmoko's Neo FreeRunner runs on Linux
The Neo FreeRunner handset has been talked about since January, when the firm announced plans to develop a handset to run its open source phone software. And now Openmokoâ€™s confirmed that the phone will be available tomorrow, 4 July.
Assisted GPS and Wi-Fi help you connect
Its handset runs on Linux and, according to Openmoko, will ship with â€œcore softwareâ€ for dialling, SMS and recording contacts. The firm also claims that periodic software downloads will help users â€œtake full advantage of the phoneâ€™s hardware platformâ€.
Connectivity-wise, the phone will feature tri-band GSM connectivity and support Assisted GPS. It will also enable 802.11b/g Wi-Fi connections, alongside Bluetooth 2.0 for short-range data transfers.
The phone has a 2.8in, 480 x 640 touchscreen, but doesnâ€™t come with a camera. It does feature a Micro SD card slot.
The Neo FreeRunner handset will be available online and in unnamed retailersâ€™ stores for around $400 (Â£200/â‚¬235). Â®