KYOCERA Wireless Corp. Announces Partner Program to Drive Palm OS®-based Software Development for the new Kyocera Smartphone
SAN DIEGO - December 12, 2000 - Kyocera Wireless Corp. today announced the Kyocera Partners Program to foster the creation and support of Palm OS®-based software applications for the new Kyocera QCP 6035 Smartphone. The sleek, elegant Kyocera Smartphone is a trimode digital wireless phone uniting voice communications, text messaging, wireless e-mail and wireless Web access with the functionality of the latest Palm handheld computers. Program registration, a Software Developers Kit (SDK) and supporting materials may be found at the Kyocera Wireless Corp. website at http://www.kyocera-wireless.com/partner.htm.
"The Kyocera Partners Program is intended to develop new Palm OS-based applications to exploit the Kyocera Smartphone's unique capabilities," said Masahiro Inoue, president and CEO of Kyocera Wireless Corp. "By providing software developers with the tools to create applications tailored to the Smartphone, Kyocera will further enhance the Smartphone as a platform for mobile e-commerce and enterprise applications."
About the Kyocera Partners Program
The Kyocera Partners Program establishes four different partnership levels, tailored to the needs of software developers ranging from individuals to major enterprises:
- Solution Providers:
- Any developer can register on the Kyocera Wireless Corp. website to receive free access to the Software Developers Kit and all other resources necessary to develop applications for the Kyocera Smartphone platform.
- Technology Partners:
- This category includes dominant companies in specific market segments offering applications and technologies tailored to the Smartphone platform. Kyocera will select up to 10 such partners in the next 12 months. Interested parties are invited to submit proposals on the Kyocera Wireless Corp. website.
- Global Partners:
- Global Partners are world-class organizations delivering mission-critical solutions to enterprise and vertical markets. Kyocera will work with its Global Partners to create solutions for the Smartphone platform.
- Wireless Enablers:
- This category includes CDMA service providers, wireless Internet service providers and wireless application service providers offering voice and data services using the Kyocera Smartphone platform.
About the Kyocera Smartphone
The Kyocera QCP 6035 Smartphone is a trimode Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) handset with enhanced features, including a built-in speakerphone, voice-activated dialing and a convenient jog-dial for accessing phone settings, contact information and call history. With the Palm OS v3.5 software and 8 MB of memory, the Smartphone is the only wireless phone capable of running thousands of applications written for the Palm OS platform. The Kyocera Smartphone supports an HTML browser with Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption to provide security for confidential data, making the Smartphone a robust platform for mobile e-commerce and enterprise information management. The Smartphone also supports Palm's Web Clipping applications and Palm OS-based WAP browsers. In addition, users can access corporate or personal e-mail accounts using the integrated Eudora® e-mail application.
About Kyocera Wireless Corp.
Kyocera Wireless Corp. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kyocera International, Inc. (KII), the North American headquarters and holding company of Kyocera Corporation. KII established Kyocera Wireless Corp. after acquiring QUALCOMM Incorporated's CDMA consumer wireless phone business in February 2000. Kyocera Wireless Corp. incorporates QUALCOMM's CDMA technology in the development and manufacture of wireless phones and accessories for customers worldwide. For more information on Kyocera Wireless Corp., please visit our website at http://www.kyocera-wireless.com.
Kyocera Corporation, the parent and global headquarters of the Kyocera Group, was founded in 1959 as a producer of advanced ceramics. By combining these engineered materials with metals and plastics, and integrating them with other technologies, Kyocera has become a leading supplier of telecommunications equipment, semiconductor packages, electronic components, cameras, laser printers, copiers, solar energy systems and industrial ceramics. During the year ended March 31, 2000, Kyocera Corporation's consolidated net sales totaled 812 billion yen (US$7.9 billion) with net income of 50 billion yen (US$489 million). Kyocera Corporation has been recognized by IndustryWeek magazine as one of "The World's 100 Best-Managed Companies."
Kyocera is a registered trademark of Kyocera Corporation. QCP is a trademark of Kyocera Wireless Corp. Eudora is a registered trademark of QUALCOMM Incorporated. Palm OS is a registered trademark and Palm and Palm-Powered are trademarks of Palm Inc. or its subsidiaries.
Rick Goetter, KWC Public Relations
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