m-Network cuts development time from “months to weeks”
Tuesday 7th December, 2004: Intuwave, the mobile software specialist, today announced a strategic partnership with BVRP Software, a leading worldwide developer and publisher of mobility software. Under the terms of the partnership, BVRP will use m-Network®, Intuwave’s Smartphone Integration Engine, to speed time to market for a Symbian version of its market-leading phone management software, Mobile PhoneTools®. Symbian is the most popular Smartphone platform in the world, running over two-thirds of the world’s Smartphones.
Mobile PhoneTools, the world’s best-selling, most advanced mobile phone management software, allows mobile users to manage their handheld’s data and files on a desktop or laptop. With Mobile PhoneTools, users can: save photos and videos to their PC hard drive; customise phones with wallpapers, screensavers and ring tones; synchronise contacts and calendars with their PC; and connect to the Internet using the mobile phone as a modem. m-Network enables BVRP to rapidly extend Mobile PhoneTools to the Smartphone market by taking advantage of Intuwave’s expertise in the intricacies of the Symbian platform. The new version, allowing handset manufacturers and operators to offer their customers a single connectivity suite for use with all popular mobile device operating systems (including Symbian), is targeted to be available in Q1, 2005.
David Wright, Executive Vice President and Director of BVRP's OEM Division, said, “The Smartphone market is growing massively and IDC expects it to reach 18 million units this year so, clearly, it’s one that we needed to be in. As always, we faced a buy/build choice but - as time to market was an important factor for us - we decided to partner. We looked at a number of different vendors, but Intuwave’s proven track record in Symbian Smartphones really impressed us. The key fact is that, with m-Network, we will have a Smartphone product shipping in weeks, not months or years, so that makes good business sense for us.”
m-Network 3.0 captures Intuwave’s 5 years of experience developing Smartphone software. It makes it easy for Independent Software Vendors to embrace the fast-growing mobile world by integrating Smartphones with new or existing applications running on PCs and servers. It is the only platform designed exclusively for Smartphones and the way people use them in the mobile environment.
Rob Davis, Product Manager, Intuwave, said, “Often, the PC software shipped with Smartphones is not ‘best of breed’ and people are sometimes unaware that other such tools can be bought separately. As a significant amount of information is stored on Smartphones - contacts, pictures, MP3 files, etc. - solutions like Mobile PhoneTools are particularly important not only for back-up purposes or when users upgrade from one phone to another but also for day-to-day synchronisation and connecting to the Internet. We are therefore delighted that we have been selected by BVRP to help them make Smartphones into more useful tools for professional users and consumers.”
About BVRP Software
Based in France, with subsidiaries in Germany, Great Britain, Spain and the United States, the BVRP Software Group is a worldwide leading publisher of communications and mobility software and a major provider of personal and professional software designed for utilities, office productivity and multimedia. Founded in 1984, BVRP Software celebrates 20 years of innovation in 2004. BVRP products are marketed in over 100 countries, through e-commerce, OEM partnerships and IT resellers. In June 2003, BVRP Group formed Avanquest Global Software Publishing, a coalition of software publishers offering worldwide publishing resources to software developers everywhere. The group posted revenue of €48.6M and a net income of €3.9M in 2003, and revenue of €27.4M and a net income of €3.2M in the first half-year of 2004. Since December 1996, BVRP Software has been listed on the Euronext Nouveau Marché (ISIN FR0004026714). Additional information on BVRP is available at http://www.bvrp.com
About Intuwave – Making Smartphones Make Sense
Intuwave is a software specialist with a single vision – to help all parts of the mobile industry create real value for end-users from the mass deployment of Smartphones. Our blue-chip partners are working with Intuwave to address the real and pressing issues of Smartphone lifecycle management that the industry faces. We provide customers - Device Manufacturers, Mobile Network Operators, Operating System Vendors and Commercial Software Developers – with a series of innovative products. These create opportunities and efficiencies by addressing the complexities associated with building, deploying and managing Smartphones and Smartphone-based applications. Our products and services, built on the m-Network® platform, are specifically designed for the Smartphone environment. They deliver rapid return on investment through increasing revenues, improving time to market and creating operational savings. They use and enhance current and future mobile network standards and assets. www.intuwave.com
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