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
Suite for J2ME, Version 2.0. And in April, Nokia teamed with Borland
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
“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.