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RealPlayer Comes to Symbian-based Handhelds

Seattle-based RealNetworks, Inc. on Thursday announced support for the Symbian mobile platform -- the open operating system used in handheld devices manufactured by Ericsson, Motorola, Nokia and Psion, and Panasonic.

As part of the alliance, London-based Symbian and RealNetworks will work together to bring multimedia to mobile solutions developed on the Symbian operating system. RealNetworks has become a member of the Symbian Technology Partner Program.

RealNetworks has also announced the commercial availability of RealPlayer Mobile for the Symbian OS. RealPlayer Mobile is the mobile version of the popular desktop media player software and is now fully optimized for Symbian OS version 6.

"This is the industry's first substantive step in enabling media services to mobile phones, and it offers consumers a dramatic new dimension in mobile communications," said Mark Bretl, vice president, RealNetworks, Inc.

RealPlayer Mobile will be bundled with Nokia's new 9210 Communicator, now available in Europe. RealPlayer Mobile allows users to download and play back RealAudio and RealVideo on the Nokia 9210 Communicator.

"The mobile marketplace has taken a huge step forward with the commercial release of this groundbreaking mobile media solution, enabled through the combination of the Symbian OS, RealPlayer Mobile and the Nokia 9210 Communicator, providing the first mobile media experience available to business professionals and mainstream consumers," said Mark Edwards, Executive Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Symbian.

Demonstration content for the Nokia 9210 Communicator will be available soon on www.real.com.