Nokia, Sun Unveil SNAP Java Mobile Online Multiplayer Gaming Solution

3/24/2004 - Nokia and Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) announced the upcoming release of SNAP Mobile, an online multiplayer gaming solution for Java technology games. The SNAP Mobile solution will bring Nokia's advanced mobile online multiplayer and community technology to a broad range of mobile handsets using Sun's widely adopted Java language. SNAP Mobile is expected to be made available as part of a tools environment based on Sun's award-winning Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition (J2ME) Wireless Toolkit in the third quarter of 2004.

With this solution, game developers can easily create Java technology-based games with a mobile online multiplayer gaming component that will allow consumers to play online connected games with other people around the world. Network operators can now deploy a rapid and cost-effective mobile gaming community for their Java technology game subscribers, helping to drive additional data revenue from online gaming sessions.

"Nokia sees that mobile online multiplayer games and mobility go hand in hand, which is why we want to work with Sun to complement our N-Gage offering and expand the mobile online multiplayer experience to the wider Java technology gaming market," said Ilkka Raiskinen, Nokia's Senior Vice President, Games Business Unit. "SNAP Mobile aims to provide the tools for developers to easily create mobile online multiplayer games and a straight forward way for network operators to launch mobile online gaming communities."

"As the market for Java technology-based services in the mobile space matures, the level of sophistication for services has increased tremendously," said Chris Melissinos, chief gaming officer, Sun Microsystems, Inc. "Bringing mobile games online is one of the most important steps the industry needs to take. Java technology has proven itself to be the right platform for building a better mobile gaming user experience to mobile games and this effort will take our joint customers' experience to yet a higher level."

SNAP Mobile is based on Nokia's Scalable Network Application Package (SNAP) middleware technology and Sun's widely adopted Java technology for mobile devices. The SNAP Mobile middleware will be made available on the Sun Solaris operating environment providing the high availability and performance required for multi-player sessions. As a proven and tested middleware technology utilized in the N-Gage Arena to enable mobile online multiplayer gaming, SNAP enables a cross-platform approach to mobile multiplayer gaming.

About Nokia
Nokia is the world leader in mobile communications, driving the growth and sustainability of the broader mobility industry. Nokia is dedicated to enhancing people's lives and productivity by providing easy-to-use and secure products like mobile phones, and solutions for imaging, games, media, mobile network operators and businesses. Nokia is a broadly held company with listings on five major exchanges.

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- "The Network Is The Computer" -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) to its position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that make the Net work. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the World Wide Web at

Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, Java, J2ME, Solaris and The Network Is The Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries.

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