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Ericsson WAP Browser Adapted for Palm OS

AU-System AB has announced a public demonstration version of the Ericsson Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) browser, adapted for handheld devices based on the Palm operating system.

The new, free software is available immediately as a download from the AU-Systems Web site. The software was developed to run on Palm IIIx and Palm V series organizers and compatible devices.

"AU-System's release of a free of charge public demo for the Palm OS platform will further popularise WAP technology, and encourage the development of content and services tailored for WAP", said Staffan Pehrson, director of Ericsson's WAP program. "This is our purpose for making the Ericsson WAP 1.1 Browser available at favourable conditions to other manufacturers and AU-System is our key partner in this process."

The Palm OS adaptation is based on the Ericsson WAP Browser, which has been co-developed with AU-System. The browser is used in all Ericsson mobile telephones and terminals with WAP functionality. The public demo WAP Browser for Palm OS users is functionally a complete implementation of the WAP 1.1 specification, defined by the WAP Forum. It is limited to non-commercial use, and is supplied without any warranties or support.

AU-System has the worldwide exclusive right to distribute and adapt the Ericsson WAP Browser to suppliers of handsets, organizers, and other types of mobile terminals, with various forms of OEM licensing available. The browser is also available to content providers, enterprises, and organizations. The WAP Browser will not be offered directly to the end user market.

The Ericsson WAP Browser is based on a generic component design, making it easy to adapt to different types of wireless terminals for all major digital transmission standards, mobile handsets, PDAs, and other handheld devices as well as multiple operating systems.

AU-System currently offers adapted versions for Windows CE, Palm OS and EPOC from Symbian as well as other embedded systems. Interoperability with WAP 1.1 gateways provided by Ericsson, Nokia, and other vendors is ensured.