All About Symbian - Nokia (S60) and Sony Ericsson (UIQ) smartphones unwrapped

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Old 21-05-2003, 04:22 PM
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Mophun 3D games engine for Symbian.

Mophun have announced their mophus 3d games engine for Symbian devices. Initially this will be for the Series 60 platform with UIQ to follow. It looks quite good and you can play a demo of a rally driving game on a 3650 from the link on their newspage. Full press release attached.

Here is the full release.

mophun™ CUTTING EDGE GAMES ON SYMBIAN™ HANDSETS


Stockholm, Sweden – May, 21 2003

Synergenix Interactive, the leader in the creation and distribution of mobile entertainment solutions, today announced the company will release its mophun game engine for Symbian based handsets. On-line demos and more information is available at www.mophun.com

Synergenix Interactive today revealed the launch of the new, all software, mophun 3D game engine for Symbian based handsets. The engine will be available for all Series 60 and UIQ handsets, including the popular Nokia 3650, 7650, n-Gage and Sony Ericsson P800. mophun 3D enables a rich gaming experience with advanced 3D graphics, enhanced audio, multi-player capabilities and more.

The new mophun 3D engine will initially be available for Series 60 based handsets, while versions for the complete Symbian family will follow. By launching mophun for Series 60, mophun’s market potential is extended with the estimated 10-15 million Series 60 handsets to be sold during 2003, as well as the millions of Series 60 handsets already on the market.

“The operators already supporting mophun can now generate additional revenues by selling mophun based games to all customers using Symbian phones”, said Per Österberg, CEO of Synergenix.
“As the mophun 3D plug-in can be either pre-installed in the handset or downloaded over the air, this gives both operators and handset manufacturers a lot of flexibility to create innovative new products and services based on mophun 3D. An example would be multiplayer cross platform games targeting both Symbian handsets already on the market and all other mophun enabled handsets.”

The picture above showing mophun 3D running on a Nokia 3650 can be downloaded from www.mophun.com/pr/mophun3D_symbian_img.zip
Synergenix has in a short time managed to gain a strong support from leading mobile network operators such as AT&T Wireless, Cingular, Telia Denmark, Amena and SmarTone, with several more major operators to follow in May and June. Other strategic partners include web based distributor Handango.

Since late 2002, the mophun 2D engine has been pre-installed on low-end mobile telephones, typically targeting the youth market. The much acclaimed Sony Ericsson T300 and T310 models, which have been major successes and by several magazines been named as best choices for mobile gaming, achieve this by using the superior mophun game engine and the vast amount of mophun games available. The mophun engine is also found in the recently launched T610 model just launched by Sony Ericsson.

During June 2003, Synergenix will commence trials with selected distributors and network operators to analyze the potential of distributing mophun based 3D content to their customers.

About mophun:
Mophun consists of a very efficient game engine/virtual machine that is tailored to run on handheld devices with small displays and limited resources. It is accompanied by a tool suite (SDK, Software Development Kit) for game development, specially focusing on giving developers short development cycles and short time to market. mophun 2D can be implemented on handsets with 8-bit processors running on 12 MHz. mophun 3D requires 32 bit, 16+ MHz processors, while competing mobile game technologies usually require processing power at least two to three times higher. This means mophun 2D games work very well on today’s existing low end 2G-phones, while mophun 3D runs on today’s 2G, 2.5G and 3G phones as well as PDAs and smartphones.
mophun 3D includes APIs closely matching the APIs of the proposed Open GL-ES™ standard. mophun 3D will be Open GL-ES™ compliant when the final specification of this standard is available, while at the same time already today offering highly optimized light sources, texture mapping and shading features as well as collision detection and Z-buffering. A sound API supporting WAVE, ADPCM and other of today’s most commonly used sound formats is also available.

Offering true binary portability of games over all devices supporting mophun, mophun has quickly become popular among both professional game developers and mobile network operators.

mophun games can be either downloaded from the operators (over the air) directly to the phone, or to a computer and then transferred to the phone via infrared (IR) or cable. Synergenix has also created a freely available developer community around the mophun gaming concept, including discussion forums and a virtual marketplace for games.

The mophun 2D and 3D technology is today available on platforms such as Sony Ericsson handsets (T300, T310, T610, with local variations), Symbian (UIQ and Series 60), PocketPC, Palm, Linux and Windows.


About Synergenix Interactive
Synergenix Interactive AB is a key enabler in the mobile gaming industry. Its software based gaming console, mophun, offer manufacturers of mobile phones, PDAs and other connected devices both a complement to Java and a faster execution environment, a strong DRM solution that prevents piracy and a professional SDK that makes all games platform independent. The mophun mobile gaming solution can also be delivered to low end, mass-market phones that are not capable of running Java. Current licensees include Sony Ericsson, Teleca and other still undisclosed players in the mobile phone industry
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