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Should be interesting to see how (if?) this develops: Trolltech offers fully reprogrammable mobile phone - pdf
Norway’s Trolltech AS has demonstrated the first fully reprogrammable mobile handset to help phone designers innovate as fast as their counterparts in the personal computer industry have done.
A major divide that separates PCs from mobile telephones is that while designers can freely reprogram a computer’s software, most of a phone’s functions are fixed at the factory.
[...] The phone is not aimed at consumers, but would allow a wide audience of designers to create new features for future mobile phones.
While the Greenphone, which is due out in September, opens up the field of mobile phone development to small design firms and individuals, it gives large organizations a fully functioning test environment with which to develop new models.
“(Independent) developers are having a hard time figuring out how to participate in the mobile phone market,” Benoit Schillings, Trolltech’s chief technology officer, said in an interview after a news conference to unveil the phone on Monday.
Of course, innovation can be many things — Don’t Believe That Lying Telephone
Telephony these days is a perfect storm of fraud-friendly technologies, and the public is ill-prepared for it. With computers, at least they have been trained to know that there’s a lot of fraud, but everyone has grown up with telephones, and fraud in the system is not a fact of everyday life. When it all shakes out it could be much worse in impact than computer phishing.