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Nokia to launch open source mobile browser

Nokia is working with Apple Computer to develop an open source browser to be used on a new range of smartphones next year.

The browser will be available to licensees of Nokia’s Series 60 Platform in the first half of next year, which will allow developers to more easily tailor mobile internet applications to users’ needs.

The software will use the WebCore and JavaScriptCore components, both of which are found in Apple’s Safari web browser shipped with Mac PCs.

Safari is based on technology developed by KDE’s Konqueror open-source project. KDE is a group of developers who have built a graphical user interface for Linux workstations.  

Nokia recently released a number of its mobile phone and mobile network patents to the Linux open source community, and also launched a Linux-based mobile device. 

Opera launched an open source browser for mobile devices years ago, but it saw limited take-up from manufacturers.

 


 


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