Linux handset developer OpenMoko has announced plans to launch a mass-market version of its open-source handset the Neo 1973. The new model, called the Neo FreeRunner will have a similar look and feel to the 1973, but will feature improved graphics capabilities, a faster processor for a better multimedia and Wi-Fi.
The handset will be designed for use worldwide and is expected to ship this spring to developers, with a launch for end users as more applications and features are developed.
“FreeRunner’s a significantly improved device from the Neo 1973. Our developers gave us great feedback as they explored the first version of the device,” said Steven Mosher, vice president of marketing for Openmoko, in a statement. “The open source community was key in achieving that goal. Without them, this remix of the Neo would not have been possible.”
OpenMoko says that developers who got their hands on the Neo have been “eagerly awaiting” a sequel.
To foster development for mainstream Java applications and Java developers, OpenMoko partnered with Jalimo, the open source project driven by the German software development company Tarent GmbH, for the FreeRunner project.