The Wireless Application Protocol Forum released version 2.0 of its Wap specification on Wednesday. The new spec promises a tool-kit for the easy development and deployment of a number of new services, including Multimedia Messaging Services (MMS).
MMS lets users send multimedia messages the way mobile phone users currently use SMS instant messaging, but with the ability to combine sounds with images and text.
Scott Goldman, chief executive of the Forum, said the aim of the new standard was to facilitate the development of applications for multiple types of devices.
Some 450 companies are now members of the Forum, which was started by mobile phone giants Ericsson, Nokia and Motorola. Not surprisingly the trio all announced that their own devices would support the new specification.
For end-users the aim of Wap 2.0 is to inspire new applications that make the mobile phone more of an extension of the PC.
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