Tokyo, Japan, December 1, 2008 – ACCESS CO., LTD., a global provider of advanced software technologies to the mobile and beyond-PC markets, today announced that it will begin providing a Widget service for NTT DOCOMO, INC.’s new HTC Windows Mobile smartphone models docomo PRO series™ HT-01A (released today) and docomo PRO series HT-02A (scheduled for release between December 2008 and January 2009).
The Widget service will enable DOCOMO smartphone users in Japan to download Widget content as well as a Widget player from the ACCESS NetFront™ Widgets Community Site at http://widgets.access-company.com/mobile/jp/ (Mobile Japanese site). Users can access the site directly by clicking on the “Widgets” icon on DOCOMO’s smartphone portal site (http://www.dcm-gate.com/), which is the default web page for the docomo PRO series HT-01A and HT-02A.
Among the variety of Widgets from which users can choose are applications that deliver information related to social networking sites (SNS), shopping and music. Widget content from the site can be used free of charge. To get started, users need only download a free Widget player for Windows Mobile or S60 to their mobile handsets.
“Widgets make it easy to customize mobile handsets to match the preferences of individual users,” said Kazuhiro Takagi, Managing Director of Frontier Services Department for DOCOMO. “We envision this service to be important means for DOCOMO to strengthen the relationships with smartphone users.”
“ACCESS’ Widget service, designed to be a fully open platform for the development and use of Widget content, gives top priority to user convenience,” said Toru Arakawa, CEO, president and co-founder of ACCESS. “ACCESS takes great pleasure in being able to expand awareness of Widgets and their convenience by offering this service to DOCOMO, and will continue to promote systems that enable users to fully enjoy their mobile handsets.”
About NetFront Widgets Community Site
ACCESS opened its NetFront Widgets Community Site (formerly NetFront™ Browser Widgets Community Site) in October of 2008. A comprehensive Widget solution for mobile handsets and consumer electronics, NetFront Widgets Community Site is available in both English and Japanese, and includes Widget content, Widget developer tools, Widget players and news. Users can access either a PC version or mobile version of the NetFront Widgets Community Site. Developers can use the site both to access Widget content development tools and to release their finished products to the public.
NetFront Widgets Community Site is available in English and Japanese at the following URLs:
http://widgets.access-company.com/en/ PC site (English)
http://widgets.access-company.com/jp/ PC site (Japanese)
http://widgets.access-company.com/mobile/en/ Mobile site (English)
http://widgets.access-company.com/mobile/jp/ Mobile site (Japanese)
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, Garnet™ OS (formerly Palm OS®) and ACCESS Linux Platform™, provides customers with solutions that enable faster time to market, flexibility and customizability. The company, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, operates subsidiaries and affiliates within Asia, Europe and the United States. ACCESS is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Mother’s Index under the number 4813. For more information about ACCESS, please visit http://gl.access-company.com/.
About NTT DOCOMO
NTT DOCOMO is the world’s leading mobile communications company. DOCOMO serves over 53 million customers, including 46 million people subscribing to FOMATM, launched as the world’s first 3G mobile service based on W-CDMA in 2001. DOCOMO also offers a wide variety of leading-edge mobile multimedia services, including i-mode™, the world’s most popular mobile e-mail/Internet service, used by 48 million people. With the addition of credit-card and other e-wallet functions, DOCOMO mobile phones have become highly versatile tools for daily life. NTT DOCOMO is listed on the Tokyo (9437), London (NDCM) and New York (DCM) stock exchanges. For more information, visit http://www.nttdocomo.com/.
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