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November 13, 2007

ACCESS Brings Thousands of Garnet OS Applications to Nokia Internet Tablets

By Prabhala Ranga Sai, TMCnet Contributing Editor

ACCESS, a global provider of advanced software technologies to the mobile and beyond-PC markets, has launched a beta version of Garnet VM software for Nokia (News - Alert) N770, N800, and N810 Internet Tablets.

With Garnet VM, users of the Nokia Internet Tablets can experience thousands of off-the-shelf Garnet OS-based applications that enhance their productivity, connectivity and play, ACCESS said in a statement to media. Garnet VM is expected to be available by the end of the year free of charge as a download from the ACCESS Web site.
According to ACCESS, Garnet VM is a “virtual machine” software application for running Garnet OS-based applications in a Linux environment. It supports over 30,000 software applications, including some of the most popular mobile applications on the market, such as Google (News - Alert) Maps, Snappermail, DateBk5 and perennially favorite games like Bejeweled, PacMan and Sudoku.
Nokia N770, N800 and N810 Internet Tablets, part of the Nokia N-series range of high-performance multimedia computers, are designed to offer easy wireless connections, high-resolution display and support for a wide variety of Internet applications, such as Internet calling, instant messaging and e-mail.
“ACCESS is leveraging our work on the ACCESS Linux Platform which includes Garnet VM as one of three runtime environments along with Java and native Linux,” said Didier Diaz, senior vice president product strategy management, ACCESS Systems Americas, Inc. “This reinforces the value of Garnet OS-based applications to consumers and creates an all-around win: it will allow Nokia users to access the thousands of great applications running under Garnet OS; it will give our loyal developers a larger installed base of devices; and it will enable ACCESS to fine-tune Garnet VM based on customer feedback.”
“The ability to run ACCESS’ Garnet VM on a Nokia Linux-based platform demonstrates the growing importance of open source mobile operating systems,” said Ari Virtanen, vice president, Convergence (News - Alert) Products, Multimedia, Nokia. “Users of the Nokia N770, N800 and N810 will be able to take advantage of thousands of Garnet OS applications available today.”
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