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limo linuxSamsung, the world's second largest mobile phones manufacturer, has announced its first LiMo (an open-source, Linux-based OS for mobile devices) Based H1 mobile phone, in association with Vodafone on the Vodafone UK network.

The touchscreen device will be available only in the UK (for now at least), following an agreement between Samsung and mobile operator Vodafone (sorry, no screenshots for now).

The Vodafone 360 H1 by Samsung delivers an ultra brilliant 3.5” WVGA AMOLED display and a wide range of superb features as well as the exclusive Vodafone 360 service. Equipped with fast HSDPA at 7.2 mbps and Wifi connectivity, the phone provides easy access to social network sites through the customized user interface. It also brings advanced multimedia features such as 5 MP camera, HD video capability and media player supporting various codecs for ease-of-use. Moreover, the Vodafone 360 H1 by Samsung offers GPS navigation and 16GB internal memory with micro SD slot (up to 16GB).

The LiMo Platform has a broader focus than does Android, and is intended to offer common middleware for feature phones as well as smartphones. The LiMo Foundation touts its spec as offering more flexibility to carriers and handset vendors that want to customize the Platform with their own branding and UI while still offering basic compatibility with other LiMo phones.

It will be interesting to see what Samsung’s OS brings, and if it will be more user-friendly than Windows Mobile, Symbian, Android, or iPhone’s OS. Even more interesting is: what will happen with the smartphone Operating Systems that Samsung currently uses, after its own OS is ready?