By December 13, 2008

The OPhone

lenovo-ophone-android The China-only Lenovo OPhone is the best cellphone so far we’ve seen that will be running on Google Android. The specific OS is a tweak of Android dubbed the Open Mobile System. Specs haven’t been made available but the word is that this will likely replace the much-delayed and perhaps permanently aborted Chinese iPhone:

lenovo-ophone-androidGiven these(iPhone, Android, Symbian) developments, it is becoming very clear that developing a proprietary handset operating system is essential for dominance of the mobile Internet market in China. At the moment, China Mobile is in a comparatively weak position without its own operating system. With its own operating system, China Mobile will be able to commission customized phones from handset makers and keep its hand strong in negotiations over profit sharing. There is even the possibility that China Mobile may move into manufacturing handsets itself.

It’s interesting to note Lenovo chose to dub the Android-based phone OPhone, which last we heard was Microsoft’s idea of an iPhone killer…

[source via PMPtoday]

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