HELSINKI, Finland, Nokia Connection 2005, June 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/
-- Nokia (NYSE: NOK) announced today that it is using best-of-breed open
source software as the basis of a new mobile browser for its world leading
smartphone software, the Series 60 Platform. The new browser aims at an
unparalleled user experience when browsing full Web pages on a smartphone
screen - over wireless connections with the top performance in the mobile
industry. The flexibility and extensibility of the new browser will allow
Series 60 licensees to further innovate and customize the browser, for
example to meet their operator customer needs.
A key component of this development has been Nokia's cooperation with
Apple, as the Series 60 browser will use the same open source components,
browser. Based on KHTML and KJS from KDE's "Konqueror" open source project,
this software has enabled Safari to achieve industry-leading features and
performance. Nokia intends to continue its collaboration with Apple and
actively participate in the open source community to further develop and
enhance these components, contributing Nokia's expertise in mobility.
platform, Nokia and other Series 60 licensees will be able provide a rich Web
browsing experience that takes full advantage of today's fast wireless
networks and advanced mobile devices.. According to the "Smartphone360" study
- Nokia-conducted consumer research among Series 60 smartphone users - over
50 percent of data traffic was generated by browsing.
"Nokia is excited to enrich Series 60 with optimized mobile Web browsing.
Open source software is an ideal basis for development since it enables Nokia
to leverage and contribute to speedy software innovation and development. As
a result, the entire Series 60 value chain, from manufacturers and operators
to end-users, will benefit from the flexible architecture, full Web
compliance and a truly enjoyable user experience," said Pertti Korhonen,
Chief Technology Officer, Nokia.
"Open source development also enables close cooperation with the
industry's best innovators, such as Apple. Both Apple and Nokia share a
commitment to Internet standards and the use of a common code. The unified
and compatible browser base will offer a very compelling choice for Web
content developers," Korhonen continued.
"Apple is pleased to assist Nokia in creating their new Series 60 browser
based on the same KHTML open source technology that powers Apple's Safari,"
said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Product
Marketing. "The Safari Web Kit's blazing performance, efficient code base and
support for open standards make it an ideal open source technology for
projects like Nokia's new Series 60 browser."
The new Series 60 browser will be available to all Series 60 licensees as
a standard Series 60 application during the first half of 2006. The browser
will support all features of the current Series 60 browser as well as being
enhanced with increased performance and exciting new features.
About Series 60
The Series 60 Platform, built on the Symbian OS, is the leading smart
phone platform in the world. It is licensed by some of the foremost mobile
phone manufacturers in the world including LG Electronics, Lenovo, Nokia,
Panasonic, Samsung, Sendo and Siemens. The flexibility of the Series 60
Platform allows for various hardware designs and software configurations.
This is demonstrated through the multitude of Series 60 based phones already
available on the market. Through its award-winning user interface, extensive
support for new mobile services and the innovation potential for partner
solutions, the Series 60 Platform provides an open and scalable business
opportunity for mobile operators and 3rd party developers. www.series60.com
provides up-to-date and unique information about the Series 60 Platform,
devices and community, including the latest news. The site is now also
available in XHTML format for convenient mobile access.
Nokia is a world leader in mobile communications, driving the growth and
sustainability of the broader mobility industry. Nokia connects people to
each other and the information that matters to them with easy-to-use and
innovative products like mobile phones, devices and solutions for imaging,
games, media and businesses. Nokia provides equipment, solutions and services
for network operators and corporations. www.nokia.com.
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