NetFront, the web browser made by the ACCESS Co., has the potential to become the standard Web browser for handhelds of any type. PalmSource has licensed it for inclusion in the Palm OS, Sony bundles a version with its Clies, and Pocket PC users can buy a copy directly from the company. However, as a browser it has had a significant drawback: it couldn't handle websites that use Macromedia Flash for their user interface, an increasingly popular thing to do. Until now.
Today, Macromedia and ACCESS Co. announced a licensing agreement to integrate Flash support into the ACCESS NetFront browser.
"Macromedia Flash is the obvious choice for our NetFront browser because of its ability to effectively deliver rich content in a compact format," said Toru Arakawa, president and CEO, ACCESS Co, Ltd. "By choosing an industry standard such as Macromedia Flash, we now have access to not only a huge developer community, but powerful authoring software and a wide array of content types that we can deliver in our embedded browser platform."
The two companies didn't say when a Flash-enabled version of NetFront will first be available.
In April it was announced that ACCESS will integrate Adobe Reader software into a future version of NetFront.
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