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Skype approves Linux Wi-Fi handset platform
Posted on 21-Mar-2007 08:11. | Tags Filed under: News.

Skype approves Linux Wi-Fi handset platform
Trolltech Qtopia has been chosen by Skype as the preferred platform for connecting the Skype user interface to the operating system in Skype Certified WiFi handsets and a variety of other devices that deliver a Skype experience.

Skype works with handset manufacturers who wish to add Skype capabilities to their devices. As this business expands, it becomes increasingly important that handsets share the same application platform. The Qtopia platform will reduce the time-to-market for Skype devices while ensuring that handsets can be updated easily.

“Trolltech’s Qtopia will enable us to bring new devices, features and services to market quickly,” said Gareth O’Loughlin, Head of Mobile and Hardware Devices at Skype. “We like Qtopia because it offers us a complete solution, the flexibility we need and a track record of performance since many of our ODMs already use Qtopia.”

Skype and Trolltech have been partners ever since Skype used Trolltech’s flagship product, Qt®, to create its Skype for Linux desktop offering. The software allowed people to make free calls and exchange instant messages with other Skype users worldwide.

Trolltech worked in the development of a Linux-based VoIP framework and smartphone platform, the Qtopia Phone Edition, a Linux-based Voice over IP (VoIP) software solution for mobile and wireless phones and converged media devices.

Qtopia Phone is an independent, open software solution for Linux-based devices. It allows designers and manufacturers to develop feature-rich phones and other mobile and wireless devices, while maintaining complete control of branding and the user experience.

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