2/7/2006 - Opera Software today announced that Sony Ericsson's new 3G smartphone, the M600, will ship with Opera Mobile as its default browser. Based on the Opera-enhanced UIQ 3.x platform, the M600 is an advanced e-mailing and Web browsing phone that takes full advantage of Opera's speed and unique rendering capabilities. It is the second UIQ 3.x phone announced with the integrated Opera browser.
Designed for optimal connectivity, the M600 with the Opera Mobile browser features a range of security enhancements. McAfee's anti-virus and firewall software for cellular applications and Pointsec encryption are offered as Try & Buy packages, and Certicom VPN client for secure access to corporate networks is offered free of charge.
"Focusing on efficient, safe e-mail and Web connectivity on the new M600, Sony Ericsson is sending out a clear message that mobile Web access is maturing and becoming increasingly important," says Jon S. von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera Software. "We are pleased to see that the Opera browser was once again selected by Sony Ericsson to deliver fast and full Internet access on their mobile phones."
Opera Mobile is available for download on Sony Ericsson's UIQ-based P800, P900, P910 and will be preinstalled on the upcoming P990. The browser has been praised by reviewers as the "killer application" on these devices. High speed, advanced features such as Opera's Small-Screen Rendering (SSR) technology or the ability to view any Web page exactly as it has been designed make Opera the ideal solution for browsing on-the-go.
"Online productivity is at the heart of the M600, so it was a natural choice for Sony Ericsson to include the Opera Mobile browser on this device," says Ulf Wretling, Director Head of Content Development, Sony Ericsson. "With Opera on board we can offer our customers a fast and user-friendly Internet experience on their mobile phones."
According to Sony Ericsson, the M600 starts shipping during Q2 2006. It will come in two different regional variations:
About Opera Software ASA
Opera Software ASA is an industry leader in the development of Web browser technology, targeting the desktop, mobile, PDA, home media and vertical markets. Partners include companies such as IBM, Nokia, Sony, Motorola, Adobe, Macromedia, Symbian, Sony Ericsson, Kyocera, Sharp, Motorola Metroworks, MontaVista Software, BenQ, Sendo and AMD. The Opera browser has received international recognition from users, industry experts and media for being faster, smaller and more standards-compliant than other browsers.
Opera's browser technology is cross-platform and modular, and currently available on the following operating systems: Windows, Windows Mobile, Linux, Mac OS, Symbian OS, BREW, QNX, TRON, FreeBSD, Solaris and Mediahighway. The Opera browser is also available as a Java-based (J2ME) browser solution called Opera MiniTM for the world's 700 million Java-enabled mobile phones.
Opera Software ASA is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, with development centers in Linkoping and Gothenburg, Sweden. The company is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol OPERA.
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