Nokia rings up RealOne

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RealNetworks has inked a long-term deal with Nokia to pre-install its RealOne audio and video player onto Nokia’s new series of cell phones.

Deal makes the RealOne player a standard feature on all Nokia phones that use its Symbian-based operating system.

RealNetworks is looking at the cell phone market as a way to boost its presence beyond the PC. The company already has pacted with several chipmakers, including Intel and Texas Instruments, who plan to integrate the RealOne software inside semiconductors for cell phones. Nokia makes almost four out of every five phones in the world.

RealNetworks plans to offer up mostly RealOne audio programming at first, with video fare expected to follow when 3G rolls out. Video images can currently be streamed at 20 kilobits per second on 2G mobile networks. However, higher 3G-based data rates are needed to play action-heavy clips, which will become available in Europe later this year. The mobile version of the RealOne Player will be included with versions of the Nokia Communicator in the U.S., Europe, Asia and Africa in the second quarter of 2002. It will also be available for the camera-equipped Nokia 7650 later this year.

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