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Fun on the phone

Java technology has been incorporated into a phone aimed at the mass market - and brings the possibility of mobile games and virtual pets with it

Nokia’s latest Middle East mobile offering promises fun on the run. The phone supports Java 2 Micro Edition (J2ME) allowing users to download applications such as games and virtual pet software. The 3410 includes all the manufacturer’s regular - including Xpress-on covers - but also includes a unique 3D graphics engine and a picture editor. The picture editor feature allows the user to create and edit images, and then share them with friends. Users can download 3D animated screensavers via WAP from Club Nokia and they can also download content creation tools for the 3D animated screensavers from www.forum.nokia.com. Eddie Maalouf, Nokia’s Middle East marketing manager, said: ”In launching the Nokia 3410 we have brought advanced Java technology usually only found on business-class mobiles to the mass market. There are a great number of consumer applications for this technology and we expect that the unique services which the new phone supports will be extremely well received across the region. The Nokia 3410 confirms our commitment to continually innovate and bring the latest mobile communications technologies to everyone.” Java 2 Micro Edition (J2ME) is a version of Java technology optimised for small consumer electronics devices. The J2ME platform of the Nokia 3410 is based on the industry standard Mobile Information Device Profile 1.0 (MIDP 1.0) which provides the essential functionality behind the mobile applications. Users of the Nokia 3410 can personalise their phone by downloading new Java applications such as games, virtual pets and animations via the phone’s WAP browser. The Nokia 3410 has a 150KB memory reserved for downloading Java applications.

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