Nokia's Mobile Internet Toolkit 4.0 Introduces Digital Rights Management,
Popular Development Software Deploys OMA Digital Rights Management version 1.0, Software Update Checking, Integrated MMS Wizards
May 26, 2003 -- Nokia (NYSE:NOK), the global leader in mobility, added momentum to the growing mobile content publishing market today by announcing its Mobile Internet Toolkit 4.0. The announcement propels rich mobile content further along the path to widespread acceptance by providing several new features that enhance the environment for mobile application and content developers.
Chief among these is the incorporation of the content publishing feature of Digital Rights Management version 1.0 from the Open Mobile Alliance. The use of this industry-wide standard allows developers and publishers to protect the intellectual property value of applications and content they provide to mobile devices. The OMA DRM version 1.0 standards provides three digital rights management methods to enable secure mobile content delivery: via forward lock (one-time, non-forwardable content), combined delivery (content that includes usage rules), and separate delivery (content can be forwarded, but has DRM protection).
In a recent report Zelos Group Senior Analyst Seamus McAteer highlighted integrated support for DRM as a crucial concern for developers and publishers. In the report McAteer maintained, "Basic DRM is an essential component necessary to encourage major media companies to make branded content available on wireless networks."
Version 4.0 of the Mobile Internet Toolkit also gives developers several improvements in versatility and ease-of-use. These include an Update Manager that informs users when new tools, add-ons and SDKs become available through the Forum Nokia website, as well as added support for non-Latin content character encodings to create content in languages such as Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Arabic.
The Toolkit features support for a wide variety of protocols including WML, xHTML, WAP, and multimedia messaging service (MMS). MMS allows users to send messages combining text, images, graphics and sound in a single "rich" message. The toolkit offers further ease-of-use through its integrated MMS wizards, which generate MMS content in several different modes, including automatic generation from SMIL content and step-by-step part selection, streamlining the process for rapid content development. The Nokia Mobile Internet Toolkit Starter Pack offers a complete "self-contained" solution for out-of-the-box development, including a WAP gateway simulator that eliminates the need for an external server or gateway.
According to Lee Epting, vice president & general manager, Forum Nokia, "The enhancements in Mobile Internet Toolkit version 4.0 provide a compelling argument for developing and distributing mobile applications and content on Nokia devices. The increased DRM protection improves the ability to generate revenues, while all the ease-of-use features and added versatility make it very easy to begin developing."
Nokia Mobile Internet Toolkit has a long-running history of excellence. Version 3.0 ranked as the most often-used wireless application tool in a survey by independent software development research firm Evans Data Corp. In addition, the predecessor toolkit - Nokia WAP Toolkit 2.1 - was recognized as the "SDK of the Year" at the 2001 Wireless Developer Conference.
The new Mobile Internet Toolkit 4.0 is available via a free download at www.forum.nokia.com/tools.
About Forum Nokia
Nokia's global developer program, Forum Nokia, connects developers to tools, technical information, support, and distribution channels they can use to build and market applications around the globe. From offices in the U.S., Europe, Japan, China, and Singapore, Forum Nokia provides technical and business development support to developers and operators to assist them in achieving their goal of successfully launching applications and services to consumers and enterprises. More information is available at www.forum.nokia.com.
Nokia is the world leader in mobile communications. Backed by its experience, innovation, user-friendliness and secure solutions, the company has become the leading supplier of mobile phones and a leading supplier of mobile, fixed and IP networks. By adding mobility to the Internet Nokia creates new opportunities for companies and further enriches the daily lives of people. Nokia is a broadly held company with listings on six major exchanges. www.nokia.com