Azingo, a specialist Mobile Linux outfit which used to go by the name of Celunite, has announced what it claims to be the industry's first Mobile Linux platform based on LiMO Foundation software in the form of a comprehensive suite of open software and services designed to help deliver web 2.0 applications, music and video to a wide range of mobile phones. Azingo Mobile promises to be cheaper and more flexible than existing solutions when it comes to developing, designing and deploying mobile

You can see it in action for yourself at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona between the 11th and 14th February. But if you cannot wait then I am told Azingo Mobile is actually available for immediate licensing. What you get is something that enables both handset manufacturers and operators to leverage a rich suite of out of the box mobile applications that simply plug-in to a comprehensive and pre-integrated open mobile middleware framework and kernel. Azingo Mobile's one-stop-shop approach reduces development costs, shortens the time to bring new handset designs to market, and enables lower cost phones offering the latest multimedia and UI innovations.

Guido Arnone, director of terminals technology at Vodafone says of the announcement "We welcome Azingo's mobile Linux platform to the LiMo Foundation. Azingo Mobile's ability to provide lower-cost, Internet-enabled mobile phones helps support LiMo's goal to create a true mass-market platform and surrounding ecosystem that will deliver compelling handsets and rich user experiences." While Mahesh Veerina, Azingo CEO, added "Azingo Mobile has received significant interest from the industry's leading handset manufacturers and operators. Our product is offered on 13 different hardware platforms from seven of the industry's leading silicon providers. Azingo technology is a core component of the LiMo Foundation common integration environment and our support of LiMo specifications ensures that devices powered by Azingo Mobile will contribute to the growth and unification of mobile Linux."