Nokia Adds Java Apps

Nokia's Americas' Software Market, which Handango manages, will now offer Java applications designed to run on various Nokia mobile handsets

June 9, 2003

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Nokia, the global leader in mobility, and Handango, the leading publisher and platform for mobile software, today announced the expansion of Nokia's consumer applications portal to include Java applications. Nokia's Americas' Software Market (http://americas.softwaremarket.com), which Handango manages for Nokia, will now offer Java applications designed to run on various Nokia mobile handsets.

The J2ME (Java 2 Micro Edition -- the version of Java for mobile devices) software titles include many arcade hits such as Qbert and Tetris as well as proven classics such as chess and crossword puzzles. Most applications range in price from $2 to $8, making adding software to a Nokia phone very economical. Currently, the Americas' Software Market supports U.S. wireless carriers T-Mobile, AT&T and Cingular.

"We want to continuously provide Nokia phone users with creative and productive applications to personalize and enhance their mobile handsets," said Donna Regenbaum, Director, Americas for Forum Nokia, Nokia's global developer relations program. "Expanding our existing Symbian software offering to include a comprehensive catalog of premium Java applications was a natural extension of the Americas' Software Market."

To make shopping easy, visitors to the Americas' Software Market browse a device-specific application catalog. After finding and purchasing the desired application, users receive a text message with a link to download the application. After clicking the link, the application is installed immediately and ready to use.

"Nokia's line of Java-enabled phones is rapidly expanding the market for downloadable arcade games, strategy games, sports games, puzzles and other value-added software," said Laura Rippy, Chief Executive Officer of Handango. "We are excited to work with Nokia to provide the content, technology and services for delivering applications to their users."

Nokia Corp.

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