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.

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