ACCESS’ NetFront™Browser Technology on Series 60 Platform Demonstrates New Mobile Media Experience for 3G Phones
Cannes, France – 3GSM World Congress – February 25, 2003 - ACCESS (Tokyo Stock Exchange: 4813), a global provider of mobile content delivery and Internet technologies, announced today that it has collaborated with Nokia to demonstrate ACCESS’ acclaimed NetFront mobile browser for WCDMA optimized releases of Nokia’s Series 60 Platform.
With a broad range of plug-in support, NetFront enables downloading and playing of popular content formats such as RealMedia or MPEG4 movies, music, and SMIL packages. NetFront’s versatility makes it a perfect launch pad for multimedia and infotainment on the move.
“The media formats now commonplace on the Internet are essential to the smooth and content rich experience that smartphone users are eager for,” said Jukka Riivari, Director, Terminal Platform Sales, Nokia. “NetFront’s advanced Internet modules deliver on the promise that Series 60 licensees have sought for advanced media support and new levels of mobile Internet experience and once again show the ease of application development on Series 60 Platform.”
NetFront brings a host of new rendering technologies to the Series 60 Platform, including Smart-Fit Rendering™, a technology that intelligently renders Web pages to screen widths of mobile devices and eliminates the need for horizontal scrolling, as well as Rapid-Render™, a progressive display technology that dramatically speeds page rendering in mobile environments. NetFront supports all important Internet standards endorsed by the W3C and OMA.
“NetFront’s support for the widest range of Internet standards embodies the vision of truly converged media technologies,” said Toru Arakawa, president and CEO, ACCESS Co. Ltd. “We are pleased to partner with Nokia and Motorola SPS to help deliver the most advanced mobile Internet experience.”
The pre-integrated, pre-tested NetFront software supports seamless interaction between applications and helps mobile device makers introduce new models faster and at reduced costs.
NetFront v3.1 is the latest version of the most widely deployed and actively used mobile browser in the world. NetFront recently surpassed 100 million deployments. NetFront supports a wider range of operating systems than any competing browser. ACCESS provides NetFront solutions for Palm® OS, Symbian OS, Windows Mobile, Pocket PC, Linux OS, and mobile handset environments like BREW™. ACCESS’ NetFront has been deployed in over 267 unique devices ranging from mobile phones and PDAs to digital televisions, gaming consoles, and automobile telematics systems from 90 major Internet device manufacturers. NetFront browser technology is included in Internet solutions from many of the world’s leading mobile operators, software providers and electronics manufacturers including Adobe, Alpine, AT&T Wireless, China Mobile, China Unicom, Handspring, Hutchison 3G Group, IBM, KDDI, NEC, NTT DoCoMo, PalmSource, Samsung, Sharp, Sony and more.
ACCESS Co. Ltd. (Tokyo Stock Exchange: 4813) is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, and has subsidiaries in Fremont, California, Oberhausen, Germany, and Beijing, China. ACCESS is a global provider of mobile content delivery and access technologies for information appliances. ACCESS’ embedded NetFront and Compact NetFront browsers power 267 different commercial products worldwide including mobile phones, digital televisions, set-top boxes, game consoles, PDAs, car navigation systems, web phones, kiosk terminals and intranet terminals. ACCESS’ Compact NetFront microbrowser is most widely deployed in phones for NTT DoCoMo’s popular i-mode® service. To date, over 100 million ACCESS software licenses have shipped from more than 90 major Internet device manufactures (As of Sept, 2003). ACCESS was listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Mothers market on February 26, 2001. More information is available at www.access.co.jp/english/ or www.access-sys-eu.com.
ACCESS is a registered trademark in Japan. NetFront is registered trademark of ACCESS Co., Ltd. in Japan. i-mode is a registered trademark of NTT DoCoMo, Inc. Other brands may be trademarks of their respective owners.
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