Symbian has unveiled its platform design for wireless communicators atCebit in a joint move with Psion, Motorola, Nokia, Ericsson and Panasonic.
The reference design, codenamed Quartz, will be for pen-based communicatorswith a quarter VGA portrait screen. Symbian - a joint venture between Psion, Motorola, Nokia, Ericsson and Panasonic - has two other device family reference designs (DFRD): Pearl, designed for smartphones, and Crystal for keyboard-based communicators.
The Quartz reference design will include messaging applications such asemail, fax and SMS, a jotter, contacts, web and wireless application browsing, and Bluetooth and java integration. Features can be operated using a single tap access.
"Our goal is to set standards and create a mass market for wireless information devices," said Colly Myers, Symbian's chief executive. "Licensees bringing out devices based on Quartz will offer unparalleled computing and telecoms integration, providing a previously unknown user experience in the hands of mobile corporate and consumer users."
The first wireless devices based on Quartz are expected to be released in2001. Psion chief executive David Levin said the first product developed on the Quartz platform will be launched by Motorola in the second quarter of next year.
Symbian said all applications in the Quartz reference design will be optimised to be viewed from a quarter VGA screen (640 x 480 pixels).
"There is an increasing need for services beyond voice and new devices which increase functionality," said Orjan Mattsson, Ericsson's director of communications and smartphones. "Quartz is an ideal size and is a good platform for communication. We are very excited by it. It offers an ideal performance and high usability."
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