ALAMEDA, Calif. - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Oct. 29, 1997 - Geoworks (NASDAQ:GWRX), a leading provider of smart phone software solutions, today announced it has become a charter member of the Mobile Internet Phone Services Forum (MIPS).
Geoworks joined the MIPS Forum to assist in the organization's efforts to promote and guide the development of data information services accessed via wireless communications devices, including menu phones, enhanced phones and multi-featured smart phone communicators.
As a member of the MIPS Forum, Geoworks will join leading wireless telecommunications carriers and handset manufacturers to help establish industry guidelines that will enable existing technologies, including Java(TM) and information delivery applications, to be specifically tailored for mobile communications devices.
As a company that has substantial expertise in developing wireless content services and operating systems for resource- constrained devices, Geoworks will assist the Forum in providing direction for developers creating data access applications for smart phones.
``Geoworks' decade of experience creating operating systems and information applications for devices with small form factors, limited screen size and multiple functions makes them a critical component to MIPS team effort,'' said John McQueen, MIPS forum director. ``As a charter MIPS member, Geoworks will help broaden our perspective as the Forum seeks to facilitate the implementation of information services for mobile devices.''
Additionally, through MIPS, Geoworks will be able to participate in a public forum where the company can drive the implementation of Java as a standard for wireless mobile devices. Geoworks is already working to make PersonalJava, the version of the programming language designed for mobile devices, as open and compatible for smart phones as possible.
``Java is a key component to wireless applications, and we are committed to facilitating its industry-wide acceptance for smart phone implementation,'' said Lars Stenstedt, Geoworks director of marketing. ``Through MIPS, we expect to influence and accelerate the merging trends of software and hardware development with wireless data applications by educating applications developers.''
MIPS also gives Geoworks new opportunities to help promote wireless applications protocols that affect development of telephony application interface programming, and an opportunity to shape the way information is delivered to data service subscribers.
The Mobile Internet Phone Services (MIPS) Forum is an organization chartered to promote and guide the development of information services accessed via wireless telephone handsets. By leveraging the collective capabilities of industry service providers, equipment providers and information content providers, the forum seeks to achieve standardization of application-level interfaces across all classes of mobile subscriber equipment and access technologies.
Based in Alameda, Geoworks is a leading software provider for manufacturers of mobile communicating devices, including smart phones, as well as the cellular industry. The company has licensed its GEOS operating system to leading manufacturers including Nokia, Ericsson, NEC, Toshiba Corp., Hewlett-Packard Co., Brother International Corp. and Canon Business Machines. In addition, the company intends to work with content and services providers, and international cellular operators. For additional information on Geoworks and the GEOS operating system, contact Geoworks on the World Wide Web at http://www.geoworks.com .
Note to Editors: In keeping with U.S. law, Geoworks notes that this press release includes forward-looking statements, including the intention to work with the MIPS Forum to promote and guide industry guidelines for mobile devices, providing direction for application developers, and implementing Java as a standard for wireless devices.
Actual results may vary significantly due to various risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, the following: i) the risks and uncertainties inherent in the development of complex new technologies; ii) the smart phone markets may not emerge to the degree or in the timing anticipated, and iii) the mobile communications device industry may not follow recommended guidelines.
Additional information is available in the Risk Factors and Business discussions in the company's Forms 10-K, 10-Q available from the company or from the Securities and Exchange Commission.