Moblin, the open source Linux-based OS for mobile devices, has announced it will be able to run applications downloaded from the Android Market. Moblin users will have the same experience as Android users – simply download, install and use.
Moblin is aimed at the smartphone, MID and netbook market, so it could really benefit from the growing application store that Android is creating. Android is also based on the Linux kernel, and the co-operation has been arranged so that no Android code needs to be running on a Moblin device for Android apps to work
What we think?
Mobile Linux, get it? Yeah….
Anyway, Moblin really is the new Android. They’re coming from a very similar place. They’re both open source operating systems, they’ve both got pretty heavy backing, and they’re both expected to explode in the next year or so as more devices come out running them. Moblin is just a lot smaller than Android, currently. But we’ll see how that develops. The last thing they need is to start in-fighting while Apple still rules the smartphone roost. But this kind of co-operation makes me think that they’re not going to start scoring points off one another, and might actually work together to provide proper competition for the Apple device.