Nokia Develops a New Browser for Series 60 by Using Open Source Software

Jun 13, 2005, 01:00 ET from Nokia

    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,
 WebCore and JavaScriptCore, that Apple uses in its popular Safari Internet
 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.
     By adapting WebCore and JavaScriptCore components for its smartphone
 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.
 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.
     About Nokia
     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.
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