Nokia, Apple Developing Open-Source Browser For Mobile Phones

The browser is expected to be available to licensees of Nokia's Series 60 Platform in the first half of next year. The software uses the same open-source components, WebCore and JavaScriptCore, that are found in Apple's Safari web browser, which ships with Mac computers.

Finland-based Nokia said it plans to continue working with Apple, headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., in enhancing the open-source browser.

"Open source software is an ideal basis for development since it enables Nokia to leverage and contribute to speedy software innovation and development," Pertti Korhonen, chief technology officer at Nokia, said in a statement released the Nokia Connection 2005 conference in Helsinki, Finland.

Apple Safari is based on technology developed by KDE's "Konqueror" open-source project. KDE, or K Desktop Environment, is a group that has built a graphical user interface for Unix workstations, including computers running Linux.

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