China Unicom has announced six vendors which will offer devices based on its new Wophone operating system.
The vendors are Samsung, HTC, Motorola Mobility, Huawei, ZTE and TCL. The operator said the launch of the devices is imminent but did not provide any more detail, according to Dow Jones Newswires.
The operator said at the GSMA Mobile Asia Congress last November it would launch handsets based on its own OS (then known as Uphone rather than Wophone) by the end of 2010, as reported by Mobile Business Briefing. Clearly the operator’s plans for Wophone are running behind schedule, judging from the timing of the current announcement on vendors.
Few specific details about the Wophone OS are available from China Unicom, although it is known to be Linux-based but not Android, the operator has stipulated. Larger rival China Mobile developed its own OS prior to China Unicom, the similar-sounding Ophone, which is a variation on Android. China Unicom’s OS was originally known as Uphone but the name was changed to Wophone to link with its Wo 3G brand.