Danger readies launch of Hiptop wireless solution, announces partnerships for development of third-party apps, delivery, distribution, and manufacturing

August 6, 2002

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PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Danger, Inc. today announced the first third-party applications and content to support the Hiptop(TM) Development Platform. This platform enables third-party application developers to use standard development tools to create differentiated applications and content for use on Hiptop(TM) enabled devices. The Hiptop Development Platform includes an integrated download management system that provides for the vending of applications and content from wireless carriers to their customer base. Among the first providers of applications and content will be UIEvolution, nGame, Upoc, ActiveBuddy, Pumatech and SEVEN. The first entertainment applications developed for the Hiptop Development Platform include games from UIEvolution and nGame. UIEvolution's development tools and client software will be used to deliver games to the T-Mobile Sidekick. nGame, a mobile Java entertainment content publisher and technology provider with compelling community-focused entertainment content for connected devices, also plans to make its content and applications available through the Hiptop Wireless Solution. Upoc will deliver entertainment and community building content for the Hiptop Wireless Solution. Upoc's service provides users of mobile devices with timely information on entertainment topics, and facilitates community building among these users. Interactive agents, also known as "bots," created with ActiveBuddy's BuddyScript technology will be available over instant messaging applications on Hiptop enabled devices. These ActiveBuddy-powered agents interact with instant messaging users from the desktop to their Hiptop enabled devices, providing content, entertainment, and services in a conversational, personalized way. Pumatech, a leader in synchronization technology, has signed an agreement with Danger that will enable users of Hiptop enabled devices to synchronize personal information with desktop applications such as Microsoft Outlook. SEVEN and Danger have partnered to provide mobile professionals with secure, real-time access to enterprise applications and data -- such as Microsoft Exchange, Lotus Notes, IMAP/POP email, and documents -- via Danger's Hiptop Wireless Solution and System SEVEN, a mobile data services platform tightly integrated into global operator networks. In a separate release: Danger, Inc. today announced agreements with leading technology providers. Danger has worked closely with Intel Corporation, Beatnik, Kyocera, and TTPCom on the development of the Hiptop(TM) Wireless Solution to be offered to consumers through wireless operators such as T-Mobile U.S. (formerly VoiceStream Wireless) and Orange S.A. Danger provides a complete solution for mobile services. The Hiptop Wireless Solution includes a device design that can be private labeled by wireless carriers, a platform for the development of third-party applications, and a back-end software framework that supports the delivery of data services. The resulting solution will enable wireless operators to deliver voice, Web, messaging and entertainment services on a fun, all-in-one device. Danger's Hiptop Device Design incorporates radio technology from Intel. The Intel PRO/Wireless GPRS Embedded Module (GEM) sends and receives data across mobile telephone networks to provide worldwide remote access. Danger's device will be the first commercially available product that uses Intel's GEM products, which provide wireless connectivity between Hiptop enabled devices and the GPRS and GSM communications networks. Danger and Beatnik are working together to enable high quality sound on Hiptop enabled devices. Through the agreement, Danger has licensed the Beatnik Audio Engine from Beatnik, Inc., which includes a twelve-voice MIDI synthesizer and provides an enhanced user experience by enabling polyphonic ring tones, game sound effects and user-interface sounds. Danger has worked closely with KYOCERA Corporation, Japan, on a small digital camera that interfaces with Hiptop Device Designs and will be available as an accessory with the T-Mobile Sidekick device. Danger and TTPCom have worked closely to incorporate TTPCom's GSM/GPRS protocol stack into the Hiptop Device Design. In a separate release: Danger, Inc. today announced a partnership with T-Mobile U.S.A., a member of the T-Mobile International group, the mobile telecommunications subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom (NYSE: DT - News), to develop and sell innovative wireless products based on Danger's Hiptop(TM) Platform and Services. Designed and developed by Danger, Inc., T-Mobile will be the first wireless operator to offer the Hiptop(TM) enabled device -- named the T-Mobile Sidekick -- later this fall across all its markets nationwide. The T-Mobile Sidekick featuring Hiptop technology is a wireless all-in-one device that combines a fully-featured mobile phone with a variety of data communication applications including: an HTML web browser, email, instant messaging, personal information management features, games and a digital camera accessory. The T-Mobile Sidekick's voice and data applications will run on T-Mobile's all-digital, high-speed GSM/GPRS voice and data network -- the largest in the country. "Through our partnership, T-Mobile and Danger have been able to work together closely to create a product ideally suited to T-Mobile's subscriber base," said Andy Rubin, president and chief executive officer of Danger, Inc. "Our joint vision of providing an unprecedented mobile voice and data experience has guided the development of the T-Mobile Sidekick." In a separate release: Danger, Inc. today announced a series of relationships that will enable the commercial launch of the Hiptop(TM) Wireless Solution. Key relationships are being announced with the following categories of companies: wireless operators who provide a channel of distribution for the Hiptop Wireless Solution; technology leaders who provide Danger with enabling technologies; application and content developers who provide compelling content that runs on the Hiptop(TM) Development Platform; and leading manufacturers, who develop, produce and market Hiptop(TM) enabled devices. Danger has architected an integrated platform that wireless operators can use to deliver services, applications and devices that appeal to consumers. Danger provides a complete solution for mobile services. The Hiptop Wireless Solution includes a device design that can be private labeled by wireless operators, a platform for the development of third-party applications, and a back-end software framework that supports the delivery of data services. Danger's Hiptop Wireless Solution will enable wireless operators to deliver voice, Web, messaging and entertainment services on a fun device that is affordable to young adult consumers. It is through close working relationships with best-of-breed companies that Danger is able to bring this complete solution to the market. "As we prepare for launch, we have the relationships in place to deliver this new business and technology model for mobile wireless services," said Andy Rubin, Danger's president and chief executive officer. "By leveraging the contributions of our strategic partners, we are able to focus on our core strengths -- the rapid development of cutting-edge technology that appeals to consumers and is easy for operators to integrate." Danger Inc.

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