Nokia Launches Latest WAP 1.2 Developer Toolkit For Next Generation Services
(June 22, 2000) Free Nokia WAP Toolkit Enables Creation of WAP 1.2 Applications
Nokia today announced the newest version of its WAP Toolkit for network operators, application developers and content providers. Nokia WAP Toolkit 2.0 is a free software tool that provides a PC-based environment for developers to write, test and de-bug WAP 1.1 and 1.2 applications. The latest version of the toolkit contains two separate mobile phone simulators. A Nokia 7100 Series phone simulator is provided for prototyping WAP 1.1 services as they would appear on the phones currently available in the marketplace. In addition, a second "concept" phone is provided for prototyping more advanced WAP 1.2 applications, including push services.
The Nokia WAP Toolkit is currently available for downloading free-of-charge for all developers registered in the Nokia WAP Developer Forum at www.forum.nokia.com.
With the Nokia Toolkit 2.0, a WAP application developer can create complete applications without the need for a handset or access to carrier infrastructure. Testing and demonstrating WAP applications is simple and straightforward because the developer can navigate and request URLs on either a limited version of the Nokia WAP Server that is included with each tool kit or on any web server on the Internet. In addition, applications can also be stored and queried directly from the PC file system.
To date, well over 100,000 developers have already downloaded previous versions of the Nokia WAP toolkit.
"Compelling applications are central to both the success of WAP and to Nokia's vision of the Mobile Information Society," said Pertti Lounamaa, vice president, Nokia Internet Communications. “With the unique combination of the Nokia WAP Server and the latest WAP Toolkit, Nokia provides application developers and system integrators with the means to build the services that are driving this rapidly expanding market."
Components of the Nokia WAP Toolkit 2.0
- WML and WMLScript editors for creating and editing static WML and WMLScript content
- Support for limited WAP 1.2 functionality, including push services, WML and WML Script
- Device simulators, including an exact Nokia 7100 Series imulator, running WML browsers for viewing WAP content
- A limited version of the Nokia WAP Server for new application testing
- Debugging and testing tools showing detailed information about the application execution
- WBMP Graphics tool that allows you to convert GIF and JPEG images into a WMBP and then modify the images
- Sample application in source code to use as a starting point
- Support for both VCARD (business card), and VCAL (calendar events)
Nokia WAP Server
The Nokia WAP Server is the world's most recognized WAP-server targeted for the corporate market, transforming a static web site into a real-time mobile business and powerful marketing tool independent of time and place. It connects WAP enabled mobile handsets to content and services hosted by Web servers or any other Intranet or Internet server securely and cost-effectively, including e-mail, schedules, directories and contacts as well as e-business specific applications. The newest version of the Nokia WAP Server, 1.1, complies with the WAP 1.1 specification and sets the industry milestone with its security option, Nokia's security pack with a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) together with the implementation of the Wireless Transport Layer Security (WTLS) functionality.
About Nokia Activ
Nokia Activ is a one-button solution for web sites that provides over-the-air settings. Previously consumers had to manually enter URL information into their WAP phones in order to access content. With Nokia Activ, companies can immediately offer their services and information to large numbers of mobile phone users in an easy manner. Consumers click the Nokia Activ button on a WAP-enabled web site and type in their mobile phone number. The settings of the service are sent over-the-air to the customer’s WAP phone.
WAP is an open global standard for communication between a mobile handset and the Internet or other computer application. WAP-based technology enables the design of advanced, interactive and real-time mobile services, such as mobile banking or Internet-based news services, which can be used in digital mobile phones or other mobile devices. The WAP specification allows solutions from multiple suppliers to perform consistently and reliably for the end-user across digital networks. For more WAP information visit: www.wapforum.org.
Nokia is the leading mobile phone supplier and a leading supplier of mobile, fixed and IP networks, related services as well as multimedia terminals. In 1999, Nokia’s net sales totaled EUR 19.8 billion (USD 19.9 billion). Headquartered in Finland, Nokia is listed on the New York (NOK), Helsinki, Stockholm, London, Frankfurt and Paris stock exchanges and employs more than 56 000 people.