Mobile phone operator Orange is developing a 'hyper graph mark-up language' to enable subscribers to send and receive Web images over the mobile phone, it emerged today.
The project will conflict with cross-industry work on standards for sending Web data over the mobile networks, which Orange claims is too limited in graphics.
With Orange's technology, users will be able to access full graphical Web pages at 9.6Kbps over the Orange cellular network. However, the service will not be available for another 12 months at the earliest.
Said Orange managing director, Hans Snook: ?We intend to enable people to surf the Internet fully at a reasonable price", adding that the feature will be available within 12 to 15 months.
The project is a sock in the eye for a cross-industry initiative to develop a standard for creating mobile handset-friendly Web pages. US start-up Unwired Planet has formed a group called Wireless Application Protocol Forum (WAP) with Ericsson, Motorola and Nokia, to develop Wireless Mark-up Language. The phone manufacturers expect to market handsets supporting the language in the third quarter of this year.
Snook dismissed the WAP Forum language as merely a ?short term? option that is best suited to text. ?It will not be helpful for graphics or images,? he said.
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