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CNET: Nokia, Palm tackle wireless Net

Oct 13, 1999, 22:14 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephanie Miles, Sandeep Junnarkar)

"Nokia, the world's largest maker of cellular phones, is licensing 3Com's Palm Computing operating system to use its interface and applications with Symbian's platform. Symbian--a joint venture between Britain's Psion, Sweden's Ericsson, Finland's Nokia, Motorola, and Japan's Matsushita--is being developed to build products around Psion's EPOC operating system for the next generation of smart cell phones and palm-top computers with Internet access.

The licensing agreement with Nokia pits Palm's wildly popular Palm OS in yet another brawl with software giant Microsoft, which has been trying to chip away at Palm's formidable lead in the handheld-computing devices market with its Windows CE."

"Nokia said it would contribute the key wireless technologies, including wireless voice communications and telephony applications, new emerging data protocols, and IP-based wireless access to enterprise applications.

The jointly developed devices will support Palm's proprietary Web-clipping technology as well as the Web Application Protocol (WAP), two technologies for optimizing Internet content for devices with small screens, like cell phones and handheld computers."

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