Apple and Nokia browser partnership revealed

Macworld.co.uk |  Mobile & Wireless

Nokia has announced an open source development partnership with Apple.

Nokia has announced that it is using open source software in developing a new mobile Web browser for its Series 60 SmartPhone -- and that this has been developed in cooperation with Apple.

The Series 60 browser will use the same open source components, WebCore and JavaScriptCore, that Apple uses in Safari that is based on KHTML and KJS from KDE's "Konqueror" open source project.

Nokia said that it intends to continue its collaboration with Apple -- and will actively participate in the open source community to further develop and enhance these components, contributing Nokia's "expertise in mobility", the company said.

"The new browser aims at an unparalleled user experience when browsing full Web pages on a smart phone screen -- over wireless connections with the top performance in the mobile industry," the company promises.

Nokia chief technology officer Pertti Korhonen, said: "Open source development also enables close cooperation with the industry's best innovators, such as Apple. Both Apple and Nokia share a commitment to Internet standards and the use of a common code. The unified and compatible browser base will offer a very compelling choice for Web content developers."

"Apple is pleased to assist Nokia in creating their new Series 60 browser based on the same KHTML open source technology that powers Apple's Safari," said Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide product marketing. "The Safari Web Kit's blazing performance, efficient code base and support for open standards make it an ideal open source technology for projects like Nokia's new Series 60 browser."

The new Series 60 browser will be available to all Series 60 licensees as a standard Series 60 application during the first half of 2006.

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