London Nokia launched its latest developer platform at its annual Mobile Internet Conference last week. The Series 90 platform, optimized for Symbian's operating system version 7.0, is designed for high-end mobile devices with high-resolution, touch-sensitive color screens.
Nokia also launched the 7700 mobile "media device," the first product based on the development platform, at the conference, held in Nice, France.
The Series 90 complements Nokia's other developer platforms, for Series 40 and 60 cell phones. The Series 80 user interface, which is used in Nokia's Communicator line of high-end business devices, will also be used in future Communicator devices and will be aligned with the Series 90 developer platform.
The moves suggest the first phase of a new PocketPC strategy from the Finnish company. "Our online community of 1.25 million registered developers now has a road map for the next evolution of mobile software," said Lee Epting, vice president of Forum Nokia, the global developer operations group within the company. Nokia expects to ship around 100 million developer platform devices in 2004.
Two new software development kits a Series 90 kit for Symbian OS and a Series 90 MIDP Concept kit were also released last week. Nokia said the free kits provide mobile-software developers with the tools needed to create mobile apps and ser-
vices optimized for Series 90 capabilities.
C++, Java covered
The Series 90 includes a suite of application-programming interfaces and technologies for C++ and Java apps and media-rich content: the Java 2 platform, Micro Edition with MIDP2.0, CLDC1.0, Wireless Messaging API, Mobile Media API and Java APIs for Bluetooth; XHTML browsing over TCP/IP; Multimedia Messaging Service with SMIL; OMA Digital Rights Management; and Symbian OS v7.0 native APIs, including the Symbian OS installation file "SIS format" for native applications.
The platform targets devices with an intuitive touch-screen graphical user interface based on a 640 x 320-pixel screen with 65,000 colors. The user interface features interactive on-screen components such as handwriting recognition and an on-screen/virtual keyboard.
The Nokia 7700 includes an Internet browser, music and video playback and streaming functions, an integrated VGA camera, FM radio, multimedia messaging support and personal information management. The media device works on GSM, GPRS and Edge 900, 1800 and 1900 nets. Shipments in Europe, Africa and Asia are slated for the second quarter of 2004.