“South Korea will seek to develop a new, open-source operating system for mobile phones that will help secure local smartphone makers’ future competitiveness against their global rivals such as Apple Inc., a government official said Monday,” Yonhap reports.
“The move comes shortly after Google Inc. announced its purchase of Motorola Mobility, a hardware company that makes phones based on Google’s Android operating system,” Yonhap reports. “The deal poses challenges to South Korean companies such as Samsung Electronics Co., which makes Android-running smartphones.”
Yonhap reports, “Kim Jae-hong, a deputy minister from the Ministry of Knowledge Economy, said… that Google, with its newly acquired ability to produce smartphones, could become one of the largest competitors for South Korean handset producers in the future… The government will launch a project before the end of the year to allow the country’s phone makers to jointly develop their own open-source mobile operating system, as well as a Web-based operating system.”
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