The mylo – short for “My Life Online” came out of nowhere and took all of us by surprised. There’s now more info revealing more of Sony’s new handheld communicator. We now know that it’s powered by an unknown version of embedded Linux possibly from Wind Rivers, while the graphics and application development framework is based on Trolltech’s Qtopia Platform. It’s also possible that the Java Virtual Machine will allow developers to create third-party apps for the mylo – this alone should help increase its popularity. Even though it lacks cell phone capabilities, there are plenty of other features such as support for VoIP, instant messenger (Google Talk, Skype, and Yahoo!), along with support for MP3s, ATRAC, WMA, and MP4 video. Unlike the Nokia 770, the mylo sports a slide out keyboard making it convenient for all the texting activities. It’s too damn bad that the $350 price tag doesn’t even give native support for AIM and Live Messengers.
Linux powers Sony’s new Mylo WiFi handheld [Linux Devices]