As the mobile phone market heats up as a growing outlet for animation and gaming, Nokia this week unleashes what it calls its most powerful phones yet. These mobile media devices feature touch-sensitive screens that display more than 65,000 colors and stream and playback audio and video. The first device in the category is the Nokia 7700.
In preparation for future digital broadcasting, the units support Nokias Streamer SU-6 TV-phone accessory. They also offer "Visual Radio," which combines FM radio with images, text and interactive elements, and the "Movie Channel," which offers new streamed movie previews each week.
Many of the models include a digital camera and the ability to crop and edit images, as well as a multimedia messaging service for sharing images and other multimedia content. They also include Digital-Rights Management (DRM) technology from the Open Mobile Alliance, a leading industry-standards association. Oh yeah, and they make phone calls, too.
Nokia also this week unveiled its Developer Platform 2.0 for the new Series 90 user interface, which is designed for the new Nokia products and other high-end mobile devices with high-resolution, touch-sensitive color screens. It includes a comprehensive suite of APIs and technologies for media rich C++ and Java applications and media rich content.
Two new software development kits, Series 90 SDK for Symbian OS and Series 90 MIDP Concept SDK, were also released this week. Available free of charge at Forum Nokias website (www.forum.nokia.com), they provide mobile software developers with everything they need to begin creating mobile applications and services optimized to take advantage of the capabilities of Developer Platform for Series 90.