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Nokia Follow Apple's Lead in Developing Open Source Web Browser for Series 60

Nokia has announced that it using open source software in developing a new mobile browser for Series 60. Nokia has been cooperating with Apple to use it's WebCore and JavaScriptCore for the Series 60 platform (Apple uses these in its popular Safari Internet browser, and the components are based on KDE's KHTML and KJS). The new browser will be available to Series 60 liscensees in the first half of 2006 and should make it's way on to phones sometime after that.

Increasingly the browser is becoming a central battleground in controlling the phone. Studies show that a significant portion of revenue generation will take place within and using the browser (either through data revenues or direct purchases) and consequently it is a very hot topic for both manufactuers and operators who wish to make browsing activity as easy as possible.

Nokia's own browser has been relatively limited compared to 3rd party browsers, though there have been incremental improvements through the different Series 60 platforms. Opera and Netfront have been the main stay of power users, and will likely remain popular for some time. However increasingly it is likely that they will be working with Operators to create custom versions of their browser that more fully integrate with the phone. Both NetFront and Opera have been demoing this technology at recent industry events.


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Nokia Connection 2005, Helsinki, Finland - Nokia 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.
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There's already a Mozilla project (Minimo) aimed at making the Mozilla code base work on mobile devices. The code already runs on Linux and Windows based mobile devices, Series 60 is the next intended port.

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Originally Posted by stuclark
There's already a Mozilla project (Minimo) aimed at making the Mozilla code base work on mobile devices. The code already runs on Linux and Windows based mobile devices, Series 60 is the next intended port.
I understand that the Minimo browser binary is around 10Mb, so it currently too large to fit on a Series 60 phone. As the RAM and ROM size of phones increase, I would expect Series 60 to re-evaluate their position.

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