TOKYO, Japan – October 5, 2006 — ACCESS CO., LTD. (TSE:4813) and
SOFTBANK MOBILE Corp. today announced that they have signed a joint
development agreement in Japan. Under the agreement, NetFront™ Browser,
ACCESS’ next-generation browser for mobile phones, and its email
software, NetFront Messaging Client, will be deployed in SoftBank 910T
by Toshiba as well as SoftBank 810SH by Sharp and SoftBank 811SH by
Sharp. The three models will be released on October 7. SoftBank 910SH
by Sharp and SoftBank 810T by Toshiba and SoftBank 811T by Toshiba will
be released in the near future.
Under the agreement, ACCESS and SOFTBANK MOBILE will jointly develop software for SoftBank Handsets. This will enable mobile device manufacturers to adopt endorsed software based on SOFTBANK MOBILE’s specifications, accelerating product development and time to market. The agreement also supports the efforts of new mobile device manufacturers to enter the market.
The NetFront Browser enables SoftBank Handsets to realize numerous functions. The “PC Site Browser” displays PC websites, while the “Live Monitor” shows real-time information on a stand-by screen. “S! Cast” is an automatic content delivery service. In addition, the “NetFront Messaging Client” supports the handsets’ delivery of rich mail functions by providing “Arrange Mail” and “Feeling Mail,” both of which are new functions in “S! Mail.” The companies plan to gradually roll out software for services aimed at next-generation mobile phones.
“This agreement with SOFTBANK MOBILE paves the way for a diverse range of services for next-generation mobile phones,” said Toru Arakawa, CEO and co-founder, ACCESS. “We are delighted to support mobile device manufacturers’ efforts to shorten development time whilst accelerating the market launch of new products.”
ACCESS CO., LTD., is a global company providing leading technology, software products and platforms for web browsing, mobile phones, wireless handhelds and other networked devices. ACCESS’ product portfolio, including its NetFront browser, Palm OS and the ACCESS Linux Platform provide customers with solutions that enable faster time-to-market, flexibility and customizability. The Company, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, operates 29 subsidiaries and affiliates within Asia, Europe and the United States, including PalmSource., Inc. ACCESS is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Mothers Index under the number 4813. For more information about ACCESS, please visit www.access.co.jp or www.access.co.jp/english
ACCESS and NetFront are trademarks or registered trademarks of ACCESS CO., LTD. in Japan and other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
For further information please contact:
Head Office (Japan)
ACCESS CO., LTD.
Mariko Hanaoka +81 (3) 5259-3685
U.S. & Europe
Maureen O’Connell +1(408)400-1543
Delia Liu +86 (10) 6566-9636