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Opera for Symbian OS now with SVG Tiny support from ZOOMON

Oslo, Norway, Stockholm, Sweden - April 24, 2003

Opera Software ASA and ZOOMON Mobile Solutions AB, the Mobile SVG Company, today announced that the two companies have verified interoperability between the Opera browser and ZOOMON SVG Player.

ZOOMON and Opera form a strong standard compliant alliance to offer solutions for embedded device manufacturers. ZOOMON is the recognized market leader for Mobile SVG software products, and Opera's high speed, modularity and small size make it one of the most popular browser technologies for Internet-enabled devices.

Together, they provide the world's first mobile browser that fully supports SVG Tiny as defined by W3C and 3GPP. Due to the efficiency of the combined software products a minimum of system resources are required. Both Opera and ZOOMON are Symbian Platinum partners and are committed to Symbian OSâ„¢ and the coming Symbian Content Handling Framework. Symbian OS is the global industry standard operating systems for advanced mobile phones.

Advanced 2D graphics based on open standards is becoming very important to the mobile ecosystem. Mobile SVG provides a new level of interactive and rich graphics on top of already existing browsing standards. It is important to provide consumers worldwide with the ability to consume better and interactive graphics like comics, cartoons, maps, financial services and a whole world of other graphics-centered information and entertainment services. Together, Opera and ZOOMON, provide a state of the art browsing experience on mobile devices.

Opera Quote

"SVG support further strengthens Opera's position as the leading provider of advanced browsing technology for Symbian OS mobile phones," says Jon S. von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera Software. "Opera Smartphone Edition opens up new opportunities for content developers previously constrained by lessadvanced browsers."


"In addition to becoming the standard 2D vector graphics media type for MMS, Mobile SVG is now expanding into XHTML Browsing." said Stefan Elmstedt, CEO, ZOOMON Mobile Solutions. "By providing support for Mobile SVG together with Opera, we further strengthen our position as the leading Mobile SVG Company and enable new exciting business opportunities for Symbian OS licensees and content providers alike."

Symbian Quote

"Together ZOOMON and Opera's approach exemplifies the benefits of partnering," said Martin Coul, Technology Partner Program Director of Symbian.The compelling combination of browsing and SVG through Opera and ZOOMON's support for open standards will benefit not only the broader Symbian ecosystem but will also enrich the consumer experience of Symbian OS phones."


ZOOMON provides visual communication software enabling mobile messaging, personalization and information services. All ZOOMON products are compatible with Mobile SVG. By taking an active part in industry forums such as W3C, 3GPP and OMA, ZOOMON is contributing to shaping the future of visual mobile communication. The company is based in Stockholm, Sweden. For more information about ZOOMON visit

About Symbian

Symbian is a software licensing company which develops and licenses Symbian OS, the global open industry standard operating system for advanced, data-enabled mobile phones.

Symbian has licensed Symbian OS to the world's leading mobile phone manufacturers including Motorola, Nokia, Samsung, Siemens and Sony Ericsson. Publicly announced products based on Symbian OS include the BenQ P30, Samsung SGH-D700, Siemens SX-1, NTT DoCoMo FOMA F2051 built by Fujitsu, Sony Ericsson P800 Smartphone, Nokia 9200 Communicator range as well as the 7650, 3650 and N-Gage.

Symbian has its global headquarters in London, United Kingdom with development sites in Europe and Asia. Symbian's shareholders are Ericsson, Panasonic, Motorola, Nokia, Psion, Samsung, Siemens and Sony Ericsson.

For further information about Symbian, please see

About Opera

Opera enables more than 350 million internet consumers worldwide to connect with the content and services that matter most to them. Opera also helps publishers monetize their content through advertising and advertisers reach the audiences that build value for their businesses, capitalizing on a global consumer audience reach that exceeds 1 billion.

Opera is a trademark of Opera Software AS.