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Openwave demonstrates WAP 2.0 browser
Posted: 20-Feb-2001 [Source: Openwave press release]

[Openwave (formerly Phone.com) showed off its newest WAP browser today at the 3GSM World Congress in Cannes. Designed for 2.5G and 3G networks, this browser includes support for push, wtls, wim...]

3GSM World Congress, CANNES, France -- Openwave Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: OPWV), the worldwide leader of open IP-based communication infrastructure software and applications, today announced the next evolution of the UP.Browser(tm) microbrowser - the Openwave(tm) Mobile Browser WAP Edition and the Openwave(tm) Mobile Browser Universal Edition. Both editions of the Openwave Mobile Browser feature an intuitive graphical user interface (GUI) and a flexible architecture for current and next generation wireless devices, including mobile phones, PDAs and mobile information appliances. The two editions of the Openwave Mobile Browsers are part of the Openwave(tm) Services OS, an IP-based software platform that includes gateways, browsers, applications, services and support.

The Openwave Mobile Browser architecture enables device manufacturers to support a variety of emerging market requirements, including WAP and cHTML (as used by iMode), and allows handset vendors and operators to leverage their existing infrastructure investments by delivering full backward compatibility with today's mobile Internet services, while dramatically improving usability. The Openwave Mobile Browser Universal Edition supports multiple markup languages including xHTML, WML, and cHTML, and the Openwave Mobile Browser WAP Edition supports WAP 1.2.1. Both Mobile Browsers have a common GUI, offer support for color and black and white displays, and allow end users to download ring tones and images.

"Openwave's new user interface promotes ease-of-use and effortless navigation capabilities with a look and feel that will be very familiar to existing Web users. Hence, when the handsets with the new user interface ship, we expect the improvement in usability to significantly accelerate WAP usage," said Jeff Damir, vice president of Device Products at Openwave. "By working with our 44 browser licensees, we will collaborate to deliver many exciting new products with graphical displays and innovative form factors."

"Openwave's browser technology will give Genie the ability to offer our subscribers easy-to-use services, a key component in driving customer acquisition and retention," said Kent Thexton, president of BT Genie. "An exciting browser with color support is going to be very compelling for our users, increasing their time on the wireless Web. Openwave is helping us help our customers realize the value of wireless Web services."

The Openwave Mobile Browser WAP Edition supports WAP 1.2.1 and is expected to ship in commercial handsets in mid 2001, while the Openwave Mobile Browser Universal Edition natively supports multiple markup languages and is expected to ship in commercial handsets in the second half of 2001.

The Openwave Mobile Browser WAP Edition supports WAP Push, wireless server certificates (WTLS Class II), and the Wireless Identity Module (WIM). This microbrowser also supports the download of images, ring tones and wallpapers - an application set that has driven significant consumer usage in Japan. In addition, the Openwave Mobile Browser WAP Edition supports over-the-air provisioning of WAP parameters and features such as support for location- and presence-based WAP applications.

The Openwave Mobile Browser Universal Edition is designed for 2.5G and 3G networks. Based on the anticipated WAP 2.0 standard, the microbrowser supports standard Internet transport protocols, end-to-end network security, and native support for a variety of markup languages, including xHTML, WML, and cHTML (as used on iMode) while supporting HTML and HDML via gateway translation. The Universal Edition microbrowser leverages the prior four generations of the UP.Browser to deliver over-the-air provisioning, memory management and other core capabilities. In addition, the architecture offers support for multimedia extensions, such as streaming video, creating an opportunity to offer a range of compelling services to subscribers.

"The next generation of Openwave Mobile Browsers will create tremendous opportunities in the global wireless market," said Damir. "We remain committed to delivering intuitive, open, flexible end-to-end solutions to give the wireless industry a clear migration path in the evolution from current to next generation networks with a time-to-market advantage."

Openwave's microbrowsers have been integrated in more than 160 handset models with more than 70 million units shipped at the end of 2000. Further validating the success of the Openwave microbrowsers, over 200,000 software developers have registered to develop tuned applications using the Openwave(tm) Software Development Kit (SDK).

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