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Sony Ericsson supports open platforms
Cooperation with software firms for business applications

Cannes (pte028/19.02.2003/12:25) - Open operating systems platforms are the key to success for smartphones - this was the not very surprising conclusion drawn by Sony Ericsson president Katsumi Ihara during his keynote speech at the 3GSM World Congress 2003 in Cannes

To better meet the needs of business users, Ihara said software makers and systems integrators should be included in distribution, making it easier for new applications to be developed. In keeping with this new approach, Ericsson has started a cooperation with IBM to integrate the Smartphone P800 in its general solutions.

"We need a flexible platform on the basis of Symbian OS, with which developers can fit their mobile phone applications to various end-user devices," said Ihara.

In addition to profiting from open standards, Ericsson hopes to improve its market position through cooperation with Sony Music and Sony Entertainment. Together with its sister companies, the mobile phone maker wants to develop additional content and applications for its Smartphones.

At the fair in Cannes, Sony Ericsson presented its first dual-mode UMTS/GPRS mobile phone. The unfoldable device has two cameras - one on the outside for video recording and photography, the other on the inside for video conferences. The phone has an integrated MPEG4 and MP3 player, as well as MMS and a Bluetooth module.

According to Sony, the interior display can show up to 65,000 colours and achieves a resolution of 176 x 220 pixels. The outer monochrome display, which shows incoming calls, has a resolution of 101 x 80 points. The phone is to appear on the market in the second half of 2003 along with Sony Ericsson's first EDGE card for notebooks.

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