Nokia announces WAP browser

Nokia has announced its intention to join the wireless Web browser market in September. The WAP-compliant browser will be available with new Nokia phones and will compete with similar microbroswers from and Microsoft

Nokia has announced that it will release a WAP (wireless application protocol) browser in September.

The browser will be compliant with the WAP 1.1 standard defined by the WAP Forum, according to a statement issued by Nokia. The browser will enable users of connected handheld devices and WAP mobile phones to browse Web pages written in WML (wireless markup language), or to use interactive data services provided by wireless carriers, according to the statement.

The browser has already been installed on Nokia WAP handsets, and both will be available at the same time, said Pertti Lounamaa, vice president, Nokia wireless software solutions. Wireless operators in Europe have announced WAP programs, but are waiting on WAP handsets before they can deploy those services.

The browser will compete with WAP browsers currently available, including the UP.browser produced by California's Inc. and with a microbrowser being launched by Microsoft .

WAP is a standard for communication between a mobile device and the Internet or other computer applications.

Nokia, based in Finland, can be reached at

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