Nokia gets real on mobile streaming media

As part of the agreement, RealNetworks will implement its RealPlayer technology in Nokia's communicators and smart phones.

Users will be able to access streaming audio and video on the mobile devices, with the first products scheduled to be available in 2001. Nokia and RealNetworks haven't started developing the internet media product for the EPOC operating system yet. EPOC is the mobile operating system developed by the Symbian consortium.

Members of the consortium include Ericsson, Motorola and Nokia. Sony recently chose EPOC as the operating system for its next-generation mobile phones.

RealNetworks said it expects to make other partnership announcements soon.

RealNetworks isn't entering into an exclusive agreement with Nokia or Symbian, and the Symbian consortium isn't picking RealNetworks as the sole streaming media partner.

"We will want to be on any device and any operating system," said Len Jordan, senior vice president of consumer appliances at RealNetworks, adding that it would be "an over-characterisation to see this as a standardisation by the Symbian consortium."

RealNetworks also will support Microsoft platforms, Jordan said in response to a question on that topic.

Technology-wise, RealNetworks is facing several challenges, Jordan said.

"Mobile devices are very different from PCs, especially where it concerns power, memory, storage, user interface, display, and networks," he said. "Our advantage is that the G2 RealPlayer is very modular."

For the user interface, RealNetworks has "started thinking about interfaces that go beyond the keypad," he said, noting that voice is an obvious way to control the mobile RealPlayer.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Joris Evers

PC World
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Kurt Hegetschweiler

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.

Matthew Stivala

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

The HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer is a great device that fits perfectly into my fast paced and mobile lifestyle. My first impression of the printer itself was how incredibly compact and sleek the device was.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?