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ACCESS Announces Availability of NetFront™ v3.1 Browser for UIQ Platform for Symbian OS

Latest Version of Leading Mobile Browser Available for Free Download

Tokyo, Japan – April 27, 2004 – ACCESS (Tokyo Stock Exchange: 4813), a global provider of mobile Internet technologies, today announced the immediate availability of its NetFront v3.1 browser software for UIQ 2.x, a customizable user interface platform for smartphones based on the widely adopted Symbian OS. NetFront v3.1 redefines the mobile Internet browsing experience for UIQ 2.x devices with advanced rendering technologies like Smart-Fit Rendering and Rapid-Render, two unique technologies that dramatically improve the quality and speed of the browsing experience. A free demonstration version of NetFront v3.1 for UIQ 2.x is available for download from the ACCESS Systems Europe Web site (

NetFront v3.1 for UIQ 2.x provides advanced rendering technologies previously unavailable for UIQ 2.x-based devices. Smart-Fit Rendering is a sophisticated rendering technology that intelligently renders Web pages to fit the screen width of handsets, eliminating the need for horizontal scrolling. Rapid-Render is a patent-pending rendering technology that progressively renders and displays Web page content, significantly accelerating the presentation, discovery, and interaction opportunities for mobile Internet users. Also unique to NetFront v3.1 for UIQ 2.x is its support for up to 10 tabbed Web pages, a feature that significantly streamlines the process of gathering and comparing Web data.

NetFront v3.1 for UIQ 2.x offers comprehensive support for the latest Internet standards, as defined by W3C, ensuring a seamless browsing experience. In addition, NetFront v3.1 for UIQ 2.x provides support for user defined shortcuts, configurable caching options, text-only views, customizable style sheets and downloading of images and files. The combination of unique technologies like Rapid-Render, Smart-Fit Rendering and tabbed multi-window support along with unmatched support for mobile Internet standards and customization allows NetFront v3.1 for UIQ 2.x to deliver the most sophisticated, efficient, and productive mobile Internet browsing experience available on the market today.

“NetFront v3.1 is the most advanced and intuitive browser solution available for the UIQ platform,” said Toru Arakawa, president and CEO of ACCESS. “Our support for the latest mobile Internet standards and advanced rendering technologies like Smart-Fit Rendering and Rapid-Render are absolutely unmatched in the industry. We see NetFront v3.1, with its comprehensive feature-set and unique rendering technologies, as the perfect mobile Internet browsing solution for UIQ-enabled devices.”

NetFront v3.1 for UIQ 2.x distribution

Compatible Handsets: Sony Ericsson P900 and P800
Free Download

About NetFront
NetFront v3.1 is the latest version of the most widely deployed and actively used embedded Web browser in the world. NetFront recently surpassed 115 million deployments globally and was selected as a “Best Software Awards 2003” finalist by Pocket PC Magazine. In addition to Windows Mobile 2003, NetFront supports a wider range of operating systems than any competing browser including solutions for Palm® OS, Symbian OS, Linux OS, Windows Mobile/Pocket PC and mobile handset environments like BREW. ACCESS’ NetFront has been deployed in over 275 unique devices ranging from mobile phones and PDAs to digital televisions, gaming consoles, and automobile telematics systems from 90 major Internet device manufacturers. NetFront browser technology is included in Internet solutions from many of the world’s leading mobile operators, software providers and electronics manufacturers including Adobe, Alpine, AT&T Wireless, China Mobile, China Unicom, Handspring, Hutchinson 3G Group, IBM, KDDI, NEC, NTT DoCoMo, PalmSource, Samsung, Sanyo, Sharp, Sony and more.

ACCESS Co. Ltd. (Tokyo Stock Exchange: 4813) is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, with offices throughout the world including major centers in the U.S., Germany, and China. ACCESS is a leading global provider of mobile Internet technologies and consultation services for the beyond PC market. ACCESS’ NetFront browser technology powers 275 different commercial products worldwide including mobile phones, digital televisions, set-top boxes, game consoles, PDAs, car navigation systems, web phones, kiosk terminals and intranet terminals. ACCESS’ NetFront browser technology is most widely deployed in mobile phone s for NTT DoCoMo’s popular i-mode® and FOMA services. To date, over 115 million ACCESS software licenses have shipped from more than 90 major Internet device manufactures. ACCESS was listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Mothers market on February 26, 2001. More information is available at or

ACCESS is a registered trademark in Japan. NetFront is registered trademark of ACCESS Co., Ltd. in Japan. i-mode is a registered trademark of NTT DoCoMo, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


Asia Contact:
ACCESS Co., Ltd., Japan
Kazunori Takahashi
81 (3) 5259-3685
Europe Contact:
ACCESS Systems Europe GmbH
Claudia Hoeck
49 (208) 8290-6432
US Contacts:
ACCESS Co., Ltd. U.S. Branch
Manuel Morales
(510) 284-0708
Bite Communications Bill Danon
(415) 365-0369