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Sharp and SE to co-develop 3G FOMA handsets
Posted: 30-Nov-2004 [Source: Sharp]

[Sharp and Sony Ericsson to co-develop base software and share selected hardware for 3G FOMA phones for NTT DoCoMo. Software development will utilize DoCoMo's Symbian OS(tm) software platform license.]

Osaka and Tokyo, Japan -- Sharp Corporation and Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications Japan, Inc. jointly announced an agreement to co-develop the base software and to share selected hardware for 3G FOMA (Freedom of Multimedia Access) mobile phones for NTT DoCoMo, Inc.

In the area of software development, Sharp and SEMCJ will take NTT DoCoMo's software platform licence which uses the Symbian OS(tm) supplied by Symbian and use it as the basis to co-develop new software for FOMA phones. Symbian OS has become the most popular and highly regarded smartphone OS in the world. This success has lead to content developers creating a wide range of high quality and exciting applications for the operating system, further enhancing its appeal and enabling phone users to enjoy high-quality, multi-media and entertainment phones.

Sharp and SEMCJ will also share some selected hardware, working together to build an efficient development environment by sharing both software and hardware development resources. Using the co-developed technology as the basis for new mobile phones, Sharp and SEMCJ hope to realize appealing and attractive FOMA phones which are unique to each brand.

Following today's announcement, Sharp and SEMCJ will finalize the details of the cooperation. A concrete schedule for the development of new phones will be decided on in conjunction with NTT DoCoMo, Inc.

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