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Microbrowser Supports Multiple Standards

A new Web browser announced Monday by Japanese company Access Co., Ltd. supports WAP, i-mode and XHTML, the company said.

The company said its Compact NetFront Plus microbrowser has native support for those three standards, which predominate the wireless mobile space. Its existing Compact NetFront microbrowser is used on more than 10 million i-mode phones in Japan, the company claimed.

The new microbrowser will give devices the ability to display content based on any of the three standards. Because faster speeds are likely to mean that wireless users will sometimes access standard HTML pages, the company says Compact NetFront Plus is ideal for use in faster 2.5G and 3G environments.

The microbrowser also will support the wireless Java Virtual Machine and the IPv4/IPv6 dual protocol stack, the company said.

The company said an early-access version of the microbrowser will be available in the second quarter of this year and the production version will ship by the end of the year. It provided no pricing information.