Nokia (News - Alert) has unveiled the new edition of its Series 40 platform for mobile application development. The new Series 40 5th Edition is a full hardware, software and Application Programming Interface architecture, incorporating Java Platform Micro Edition (Java ME) technology with support for the latest version of the mobile information device profile (MIDP 2.1). The latest edition will help developers to build richer multimedia applications and services for mass-market Nokia mobile devices.

Series 40 5th Edition implements the advanced JSR-248 Mobile Service Architecture specification designed by an industry task force led by Nokia and Vodafone to reduce fragmentation and provide a consistent set of Java technologies for high-volume mobile handsets. JSR-248 is also a key component of the S60 platform and Nokia's commitment to JSR-248 implementation in both platforms ensures a high level of application portability between Series 40 and S60 devices.

“Nokia is very pleased to underscore its commitment to Java technologies with the delivery of these advanced enhancements to Series 40 5th Edition, enabling developers and operators to provide a new generation of advanced applications and services to the mass-market of mobile phone users,” said Lee Epting, vice president, Forum Nokia, Nokia's global developer support program. “This new platform for high-volume Nokia devices will leverage the latest Java-based functionality to provide a richer and more productive mobile experience to consumers and business users around the globe.”

With Nokia’s new Series 40 5th Edition, users of mass-market mobile devices will be able to experience streaming video, image rendering, mobile 3D graphics and scalable 2D Vector graphics. Series 40 5th Edition also supports the latest version of Adobe’s Flash Lite 2.1, the interoperable platform that enables the accelerated development and delivery of rich graphical mobile content, and includes audio file playback and streaming capabilities that provide audio and music enhancements to both the mobile gaming and multimedia experience.

According to the news release, Series 40 5th Edition also enables Bluetooth and IrDA (Infrared) connectivity and synchronization capabilities and delivers a robust mobile browsing environment through support of a number of mobile browsing standards. The platform's support for SMS text messaging and multi-media messaging (MMS) includes true interoperability for a variety of MMS content formats and classes.

Forum Nokia connects developers to tools, technical information, support, and distribution channels they can use to build and market applications around the globe. Forum Nokia provides technical and business development support to developers and operators to help them launch applications and services to consumers and enterprises.


Niladri Sekhar Nath is a contributing writer for TMCnet covering telecommunications, service providers and networking. To see more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

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