Latest Version of Leading Mobile Browser Features Faster Downloads and New Rendering Options

Tokyo, Japan / Oberhausen, Germany – May 18, 2004 – ACCESS (Tokyo Stock Exchange: 4813), a global provider of mobile content delivery and Internet access technologies, today announced the immediate availability of an upgraded version of its NetFront v3.1 browser software for Series 60 smartphones. The software is available for purchase from Nokia’s Software Market (www.softwaremarket.nokia.com) and Handango (www.handango.com).

NetFront v3.1 for Series 60 is the latest version of the most widely deployed and actively used embedded browser in the world. In addition to the already impressive feature set, the new version of the acclaimed NetFront for Series 60 browser offers major improvements in performance and usability:

  • faster download transfer rates
  • new download mechanism to enable large file download
  • new rendering mode – small-image mode – for fast downloading & rendering of large websites
  • new image rendering feature – select any picture & zoom it up to screen size!

NetFront v3.1 for Series 60 smartphones also continues to provide advanced features such as Smart-Fit Rendering, a sophisticated technology that intelligently renders Web pages to fit handset screen widths, eliminating the need for horizontal scrolling, and Rapid-Render, a technology that significantly speeds the rendering of Web pages on mobile devices. With the additional features announced today, ACCESS further establishes its position as the innovation leader in the smartphone market.

A fully functional demo of the new NetFront version (45 days usage limitation) is available at: www.access-netfront.com.

Users of earlier releases of NetFront v3.1 for Series 60 can update their software free of charge.

About NetFront
NetFront v3.1 is the latest version of the most widely deployed and actively used embedded Web browser in the world. NetFront recently surpassed 115 million deployments globally. In addition to Series 60, NetFront supports a wider range of operating systems than any competing browser including solutions for Palm® OS, Symbian OS (Series 60, UIQ), Linux OS, and mobile handset environments like BREW. ACCESS’ NetFront has been deployed in over 254 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, Hutchinson 3G Group, IBM, KDDI, NEC, NTT DoCoMo, PalmSource, Samsung, Sanyo, Sharp, Sony and more.

About ACCESS
ACCESS Co. Ltd. (Tokyo Stock Exchange: 4813) is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, with offices throughout the world including major centers in the U.S., Germany, and China. ACCESS is a leading global provider of mobile Internet technologies and consultation services for the beyond-PC market. ACCESS’ NetFront browser technology powers 275 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’ NetFront browser technology is most widely deployed in mobile phones for NTT DoCoMo’s popular i-mode® and FOMA services. To date, over 115 million ACCESS software licenses have shipped from more than 90 major Internet device manufactures. 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.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. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


Contacts

Asia Contact:
ACCESS Co., Ltd., Japan

Kazunori Takahashi
81 (3) 5259-3685
prinfo@access.co.jpcom
Europe Contact:
ACCESS Systems Europe GmbH
Claudia Hoeck
49 (208) 8290-6432
hoeck@access-sys-eu.com
US Contacts:
ACCESS Co., Ltd. U.S. Branch
Manuel Morales
(510) 284-0708
mmorales@access-us-inc.com
Bite Communications Bill Danon
(415) 365-0369
bill.danon@bitepr.com