Nokia to Use Safari Components for Mobile Browser

By Blane Warrene
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This sheds a little light on Apple’s recent move to open the source for their modified core components from the KHTML project that make up the Safari web browser. Nokia intends to use it on its Series 60 smartphone platform.

This shrewd move by Apple allows them to leverage the changes that will occur to the core elements of Safari source in its transition to a mobile browser for Nokia and perhaps have assets to introduce into other products. Let us also not forget – when the iPod division was broken out at Apple to have its own R & D and product pipeline, it was assumed this would produce more than iPods in the long run.

Though I am not suggesting a Apple iPhone or iPDA anytime in the near future. surely mobile browsing technology could come in handy. At some point perhaps Apple will choose to license some of its digital rights management to other mobile hardware makers and could then place both Quick Time and a mobile Safari in addition to a music player opn those devices. And with some improved screens – a color iPod could easily incorporate WiFi and host a mobile browser.

Knowing that many of us explore mobile web development on differing levels, this is certainly something to keep an eye on. It also shows that not everything is done out of pure altruism or based on user community complaints – as many of us assumed was the core driver behind the source release. It would seem clear a company of Nokia’s size and scale willing to label Safari a “best of breed open source solution” was excellent motivation for Apple to get the code released to the open source community at large.

Having said that – it will also surely benefit from contributions from many of the unsung and brilliant developers working quietly in the community on both mobile and desktop platforms.

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  • Anonymous

    This is all part of a plan devised by Larry Ellison and Steve Jobs to attack Microsoft. The Intel switch had nothing to do with processor performance, and everything to do with putting Apple in strategic position to implement their plan.

    The Nokia Tablet, the Apple patent granted on May 10th which Steve Jobs himself has his name on as an inventor, and now this “surprise” announcement about Apple/Nokia and Apple Safari browsers are only more pieces of their plan emerging. The problem is, Bill Gates knows PRECISELY what they intend to do.

    I worked with a journalist who investigated reports that Jobs was planning to do this – a journalist who was ordered not to talk.

    This is about “Unified Web browsers”, “Universal Communications Platforms”, “Multimedia Paper”, “Copier Print Operating Systems”, faxes that lets you send & receive fully functional web pages with clickable links and Java applets, video recorders that rival TiVo, extremely powerful new cell technology, new technologies for interfacing with home networks, and at least 4 dozen radically novel inventions. I saw some of them last summer.

    The “question” is, and inquiring minds would love to know (…Thank you Mssrs. Jobs & Ellison), is whether the inventor behind all of the technologies you are relying on to attack Bill Gates, is secretly working for you or whether you stole his inventions the way Bill Gates did before you got to it yourselves? Bill fired Nathan Myhrvold in 1999 so that he could take credit for what he planned to “invent”, and thus began Microsoft’s spate of new found inventiveness in the post-Myhrvold era. The problem was, Bill waffled and wasn’t as quick as Ellison and Jobs.

    We saw something else that might concern you Mr. Jobs: we saw inventions specifically crafted for attacking Apple’s market grip on the Ipod. We also saw rather intersting (portions) of inventions geared at attacking Google (though we were told that “Sergei Brin is a great guy and no one will gets their hands on this Google stuff”)

    This is about to be revealed to the public, especially given Congress’s current efforts to reform patent law, and the re-trial of the Eolas-906 case — events that will make it difficult for all of you to continue “gaming” the press, the law, and worst of all the customers who pay good money for your products and stock.

    Shame on ALL of you. Shame on you for trying to control the press; shame on Bill Gtaes for putting Melinda on the Board of the WashPost last September in an effort to silence them; shame on all of you for pressing congress to enact new laws “to protect creativity and innovation”, while secretly stealing inventions from amazingly talented individuals to fight a technology war of global financial proportions. You collective egos are truly rabid and out of control.

    I have every intention of locating the inventor behind the things you are relying on for your war and telling him not to cooperate with ANY of you. Congress should investigate what you despicable people have been doing. If he is working for you Mr. Jobs, I will try to persuade him not to.

    For the curious and other journalists who have been left in the dark, check out the posts on Steven Nipper’s law blog. (google “nipper fax” or “nipper ipod” etc) If you feel you have the technical background to make sense of patent documents, then go to and research the patents of Irving Tsai, who reportedly invented much of things while at MIT and offered to give them to Tim Berners Lee for free. Berners Lee supposedly called Tsai a “patent terrorist” in return for that. Truly unbelievable but we saw evidence. Know also that the law firms named on the cover sheets of the Tsai patents are conspiring with many of these people in a probably criminal fashion. An inside source showed us evidence of that.

    Check out “the Eolas angle”. Gates, Ellison, Jobs, and several others all know that the Tsai patents (in particular 5,495,581) can be used to invalidate Eolas-906. Apparently, the benefit from keeping that knowledge silent, namely of having the opportunity to steal those inventions, took priorty over resolving a legal case considered of “landmark” significance and impacting all of them.

  • Charles

    Apple partnering with Nokia; Nokia partnering with Intel (; Intel partnering with Apple…. I’m smelling something big here!

  • Fernando

    Oh my god, who’s this patent paranoid android !!??

  • This is quite a blow to Opera, given that much of their recurring revenue is derived from signature distribution of the browser on the Series 60 (and other Symbian) platforms.

  • The iPod Photo should have been delayed and included WiFi support. I mean it has a color screen for only STORING photos. My computer is great for that. And I can back them up on any normal iPod, it doesn’t matter if I can view them personally.

    Apple had a chance to include WiFi in it’s iPod Photo, maybe they will release iPod PhotoWiFi or something in the near future.

  • Thank you Charles – I said something in the same vein in my Apple-Intel post. Jobs rarely strikes quickly but sets the stage for something quite surprising and innovative below the rumor radar. Sometimes we just have to sit back and watch. I will still be buying a new PowerPC based notebook soon. ;>)

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