Earlier this week, Nokia announced its Mobile Internet Toolkit 4.0.
The announcement the mention of several new features that enhance the
environment for mobile application and content developers. Among these is the incorporation of the content publishing feature of Digital Rights Management version 1.0 from the Open Mobile Alliance. The use of this industry-wide standard allows developers and publishers to protect the intellectual property value of
applications and content they provide to mobile devices. The OMA DRM
version 1.0 standards provides three digital rights management methods to enable secure mobile content delivery: via forward lock (one-time, non-forwardable content), combined delivery (content that includes usage rules), and separate delivery (content can be
forwarded, but has DRM protection).
In a recent report Zelos Group Senior Analyst Seamus McAteer
highlighted integrated support for DRM as a crucial concern for
developers and publishers. In the report McAteer maintained, “Basic
DRM is an essential component necessary to encourage major media
companies to make branded content available on wireless networks.”
Version 4.0 of Nokia’se Mobile Internet Toolkit also gives developers
several improvements in versatility and ease-of-use. These include an
Update Manager that informs users when new tools, add-ons and SDKs
become available through the Forum Nokia website, as well as added
support for non-Latin content character encodings to create content
in languages such as Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Arabic.
The Toolkit features support for a wide variety of protocols
including WML, xHTML, WAP, and multimedia messaging service (MMS).
MMS allows users to send messages combining text, images, graphics
and sound in a single “rich” message. The toolkit offers further
ease-of-use through its integrated MMS wizards, which generate MMS
content in several different modes, including automatic generation
from SMIL content and step-by-step part selection, streamlining the
process for rapid content development. The Nokia Mobile Internet
Toolkit Starter Pack offers a complete “self-contained” solution for
out-of-the-box development, including a WAP gateway simulator that
eliminates the need for an external server or gateway.
According to Lee Epting, vice president & general manager, Forum
Nokia, “The enhancements in Mobile Internet Toolkit version 4.0
provide a compelling argument for developing and distributing mobile
applications and content on Nokia devices. The increased DRM
protection improves the ability to generate revenues, while all the
ease-of-use features and added versatility make it very easy to begin
The new Mobile Internet Toolkit 4.0 is available via a free download
Nokia is a world leader in mobile communications. The company is a leading supplier of mobile phones and a leading supplier of mobile, fixed and IP networks. By adding mobility to the Internet, Nokia creates new opportunities for companies and
further enriches the daily lives of people. Nokia is a broadly held company with listings on six major exchanges. www.nokia.com
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