Nokia announced Mobile Internet Toolkit 4.0 providing new features that enhance the environment for mobile application and content developers. Among these is the incorporation of the content publishing feature of Digital Rights Management version 1.0 from the Open Mobile Alliance. The use of this industry-wide standard allows developers and publishers to protect the intellectual property value of applications and content they provide to mobile devices.
The OMA DRM version 1.0 standards provides three digital rights management methods to enable secure mobile content delivery: via forward lock (one-time, non-forwardable content), combined delivery (content that includes usage rules), and separate delivery (content can be forwarded, but has DRM protection).
In a recent report Zelos Group Senior Analyst Seamus McAteer highlighted integrated support for DRM as a crucial concern for developers and publishers. In the report McAteer maintained, “Basic DRM is an essential component necessary to encourage major media companies to make branded content available on wireless networks.”
Version 4.0 of the Mobile Internet Toolkit includes an Update Manager that informs users when new tools, add-ons and SDKs become available through the Forum Nokia website, as well as added support for non-Latin content character encodings to create content in languages such as Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Arabic.
The Toolkit features support for a wide variety of protocols including WML, xHTML, WAP, and multimedia messaging service (MMS). MMS allows users to send messages combining text, images, graphics and sound in a single ‘rich’ message.
The toolkit offers further ease-of-use through its integrated MMS wizards, which generate MMS content in several different modes, including automatic generation from SMIL content and step-by-step part selection, streamlining the process for rapid content development.
The Nokia Mobile Internet Toolkit Starter Pack offers a complete ‘self-contained’ solution for out-of-the-box development, including a WAP gateway simulator that eliminates the need for an external server or gateway.
According to Lee Epting, vice president & general manager, Forum Nokia , “The enhancements in Mobile Internet Toolkit version 4.0 provide a compelling argument for developing and distributing mobile applications and content on Nokia devices. The increased DRM protection improves the ability to generate revenues, while all the ease-of-use features and added versatility make it very easy to begin developing.”