Openwave Boards Sharp's GX-10

Openwave MMS Toolkit, including messaging, download, and browser client software, powers new Sharp GX-10 multimedia cameraphone

December 2, 2002

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REDWOOD CITY, Calif. -- Openwave Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: OPWV), the leading independent provider of open software products and services for the mobile communications industry, today announced that its client software is featured in the new Sharp GX-10, Sharp's first multimedia handset for the European market. Sharp is the first of several manufacturers to leverage the MMS Toolkit technologies available with Openwave(R) Mobile Browser Version 6.1 to build Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) features for mass-market GSM handsets. Sharp and Openwave have worked closely together to create a tightly integrated software application suite for this handset, incorporating Sharp's MMS client for sending and receiving photos and other multimedia content, integrated Java(TM) download support, and a browser that supports all forms of standard Web content. These applications share a common base of software code, enabling greater reuse of device resources such as ROM (read only memory) and RAM (random access memory). Software component reuse helps manufacturers such as Sharp to reduce manufacturing and testing costs and improve time to market, resulting in less expensive devices with mass-market appeal. The technologies available with the Openwave MMS Toolkit and Openwave Mobile Browser enable manufacturers to achieve seamless integration of a variety of operator services on mass-market mobile phones. With phones utilizing Openwave Mobile Browser, wireless operators can provide advanced services beyond WAP browsing that combine different applications but are presented to the end user through a unified interface. For example, a common set of technologies for presenting all content, regardless of presentation format (for example: i-mode, WML, MMS-SMIL and XHTML Mobile Profile) enables consistency among operator mobile portals and services. This greatly increases end user appeal and usability since the services all work together in a familiar way, without requiring a separate effort to learn how to use each service. "We are very pleased that we selected Openwave to help us develop our first multimedia handset for Europe," said Yoshisuke Hasegawa, division general manager of the personal communication systems division at Sharp. "By choosing the market leader in WAP standards-based client software technologies, we were able to deliver a phone featuring MMS, downloads, and browsing with fast time to market and confidence." Openwave Systems Inc. Sharp Electronics Corp.

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