Android's biggest open source competitor, the LiMo Foundation (formerly the Linux Phone Standards Forum) added new members Monday, iTWire reports. And these new members expand the group's ecosystem quite dramatically, a foundation representative said.
The 11 new members include ZTE, Telecom Italia, Freescale Semiconductor, Virtualogix and Movial. The latter plans to open source code in the next few months that will allow developers to build user interfaces for Web-based widgets for mobile devices.
Moreover, seven new phones built on the LiMo platform are commercially available from three vendors -- Motorola, NEC and Panasonic. The phones are available in Japanese and European markets, the story says.
Android, on the other hand, has been the subject of much debate in the blogosphere. Lately, the question has been about whether Android will merge with the now open Symbian platform. Some say yes, it makes sense. Others say no way.