Leading China Smartphone Innovator Meizu becomes first OEM to join Linaro Mobile Group

Cambridge, UK- Linaro Ltd, the collaborative engineering organization developing open source software for the ARM® architecture, today announced that Meizu Technology Company Ltd has become the first OEM to join the Linaro Mobile Group (LMG).

LMG was formed in July 2014 to consolidate and optimize open source software for ARM powered mobile phones, tablets, laptops and wearables. The Group’s engineers work on the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), Performance and Power optimizations, Graphics and GPGPU, and work closely with other groups in Linaro Core Engineering on other open source technologies. Meizu’s membership of LMG is significant because it can directly represent the needs of today’s mobile phone manufacturer in a group that includes silicon and software vendors.

“We are delighted to welcome Meizu as the first pure OEM handset maker to become a member of the Linaro Mobile Group”, said Joe Bates, EVP of Linaro Member Services.  “As a current and potential customer of several of Linaro’s silicon supplier members, Meizu will take on a unique role in helping define the engineering activities of LMG and our contributions to open source projects in the mobile space.”

“Meizu designs and produces smartphones that provide a simple, intuitive mobile experience” said Liang Dongming, CTO of Meizu. “Open source software is critical to enabling Meizu to provide this experience built on a proven technology foundation and we are committed to working with Linaro and its members worldwide to accelerate open source innovation on the ARM platform.”

About Linaro

Linaro is leading collaboration on open source development in the ARM ecosystem. The company is a collaborative engineering organization with over 200 engineers working on consolidating and optimizing open source software for the ARM architecture, including developer tools, the Linux kernel, ARM power management, and other software infrastructure.  Linaro is distribution neutral: it wants to provide the best software foundations to everyone by working upstream, and to reduce non-differentiating and costly low level fragmentation. The effectiveness of the Linaro approach has been demonstrated by Linaro’s growing membership, and by Linaro consistently being listed as one of the top five company contributors, worldwide, to Linux kernels since 3.10.

To ensure commercial quality software, Linaro’s work includes comprehensive test and validation on member hardware platforms. The full scope of Linaro engineering work is open to all online. To find out more, please visit  http://www.linaro.org and  http://www.96Boards.org.

About Meizu

Meizu, one of the top ten smartphone brands in China, is a trailblazer in the innovation and design of smartphones, and always presents graceful and user-friendly devices. Established in 2003 and headquartered in Zhuhai, China, Meizu expanded into the smartphone market in 2008 and has been committed to developing high-end smartphones ever since. Based on the business philosophy and commitment to pursuing perfection, Meizu remains focused on developing innovative and user-friendly smartphones which are characterized by state-of-the-art craftsmanship, powerful specifications and an attractive price. With more than 2000 retail stores, Meizu has built a global presence in Hong Kong, India, EU, Israel, Russia and Ukraine.  For more information, please visit  www.meizu.com/en.

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