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Nokia Adds 3GPP-based Streaming to Series 60

Nokia on Tuesday partnered with RealNetworks to expand the streaming media capabilities for the Series 60 Platform to add full support of Third Generation Partnership Program (3GPP)-compliant content formats.

Nokia previously incorporated RealNetworks' RealOne Mobile Player into the Series 60 Platform. But its support only included local playback of 3GPP media and local and streaming playback of RealAudio and RealVideo.

Under the expanded deal with the Seattle-based streaming media innovator, phones based on the Series 60 platform and shipping with the RealOne Mobile Player will also receive streaming video content in both RealVideo and 3GPP video streaming formats, as well as enable users to capture, send and receive video clips with audio.

The move underscores the importance the Finnish phone giant has placed on the Series 60 platform, which it hopes becomes its platform of the future. Just last week at the JavaOne show in San Francisco, Nokia announced its new Developer's Suite for J2ME, Version 2.0. And in April, Nokia teamed with Borland Software to unveil the Borland C++ Mobile Edition for Series 60. The company also partnered with Opera to let users download a Symbian OS-based mobile web browser with Small-Screen Rendering (SSR) to their phones.

"The Series 60 platform continues to lead the mobile industry with innovative software," said Timo Poikolainen, vice president of marketing at Nokia Mobile Software. "Collaboration with companies such as RealNetworks helps us to make great mobile media experiences a reality for Series 60 licensees and consumers with advanced mobile devices."

The Series 60 platform is a terminal software product for smart phones that Nokia licenses to handset manufacturers. The platform is the market leading terminal software for smart phones with licensees representing approximately 60 percent of global handset market. Panasonic, Samsung, Sendo, Siemens and Nokia have licensed the Series 60 Platform.