Nokia Developing New Series 60 Web Browser with Help from Apple

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Nokia is using open source software as the basis of a new web browser for Series 60.

An important part of this development has been Nokia’s cooperation with Apple, as the Series 60 browser will use the same open source components, WebCore and JavaScriptCore, that Apple uses in its Safari Internet browser.

Based on KHTML and KJS from KDE’s “Konqueror” open source project, this software has given Safari cutting-edge features and performance, and Nokia hopes it will do the same for the upcoming version of its browser.

“Open source software is an ideal basis for development since it enables Nokia to leverage and contribute to speedy software innovation and development,” said Pertti Korhonen, Chief Technology Officer, Nokia.

The browser will support all features of the current Series 60 browser as well as increased performance and new features.

Nokia intends to continue its collaboration with Apple and actively participate in the open source community to further develop and enhance the WebCore and JavaScriptCore components.

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

More information is available on the Nokia web site.

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