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Productivity Enhancements to Eclipse-based Carbide.c++ Developer Tools

Madrid, Spain - Nokia has announced the immediate availability of new developer productivity and cost-savings enhancements to its Carbide.c++ next-generation development tools for Symbian OS(TM), the market leading operating system for smartphones.

Providing significant new functionality with device navigation utilities and time-saving project build tools, the Carbide.c++ tool enhancements accelerate mobile application development and lower overall costs for a broad range of software projects by slashing programming hours and collapsing development time.

Announced today at the Nokia Applications Summit & S60 Summit 07, the new enhancements to the family of Carbide.c++ tools enable developers to effectively address increased project resource requirements and management difficulties that accompany the growing scale, complexity and risks associated with today's cutting-edge mobile application projects. Developers will also find advanced Performance Investigator tool functionality in Carbide.c++ V1.2 Developer and Professional Edition that delivers greater visibility into critical power consumption and memory usage early in the development process.

Based on the Eclipse open-source framework for software tool innovation, and providing a single identity for all Nokia's developer tool offerings, the Carbide family of mobile development tools include Carbide.c++ Express for entry-level and academic developers; Carbide c++ Developer Edition and the award-winning Carbide.c++ Professional Edition, for developers building advanced system, middleware and application software; and, Carbide.c++ OEM Edition, for device creation by Symbian OS and S60 licensees.

"Nokia is very excited to provide this significant evolution of our Carbide.c++ tools, driving greater developer productivity and decreased time to market for exciting new applications targeted at Symbian smartphones," said Rich Bartlett, Director, Developer Tools, Nokia. "Addressing the needs of entry-level developers, those building high- performance software and specialists in device creation, these new improvements to Nokia's Carbide.c++ tools will help bring increasingly sophisticated software projects to market in less time and at less expense than ever before."

Carbide.c++ tools support developers working with smartphone software based on the latest versions of Symbian OS, including UIQ, NTT DoCoMo's MOAP, and S60 3rd Edition. Symbian smartphones are the most popular smartphones in the world and make-up over 70% of smartphones sold to date. During 2006, 51.7 million Symbian smartphones were sold worldwide to over 250 major network operators, bringing the total number of Symbian smartphones shipped to 110 million as of December 31, 2006*.

Users of Carbide.c++ V1.2 tools will encounter significant productivity gains through enhancements that include:

? Improvements to Eclipse-enabled code browsing and code completion capabilities across the entire family of Carbide.c++ family of tools, plus enhanced project build functionalities, including new wizards for kit detection and project import, easier and more reliable project creation and editing.

? Improvements to the Performance Investigator tool in Carbide.c++ Developer and Professional Editions, including Power Optimizer and Memory Analyzer, providing capture and graphic display of on-device power consumption and memory usage for targeted software running on the device, leading to more efficient memory and power usage in development of high-performance applications for S60 and UIQ applications ; and,

? New device creation features for Carbide.c++ OEM Edition, including simplified configuration support for JTAG device debugging, a new Crash Debugger interface that shows the debug context of the crash in the debug perspective, and the Symbian OS Data View that enables viewing of system processes, threads, chunks and libraries.

Carbide.c++ Developer Edition and Carbide.c++ Professional Edition are currently available for purchase for 299 ? and 1,299 ?, respectively, with free upgrades available for current Developer and Professional Edition customers. Carbide.c++ OEM Edition is available for purchase for 3,999 ?, while Carbide.c++ Express is available for free download by developers, with no license restriction for commercial use, at www.forum.nokia.com/carbide.

Nokia's Carbide.c++ family of tools will be showcased April 24-25 at Nokia Applications Summit & S60 Summit 07, taking place at the Hotel Melia Castilla in Madrid. Further information on the Carbide family of developer tools can be found online at www.forum.nokia.com/carbide.

* - www.symbian.com/about/fastfacts/fastfacts.html

About Nokia

Nokia is a world leader in mobile communications, driving the growth and sustainability of the broader mobility industry. Nokia connects people to each other and the information that matters to them with easy-to-use and innovative products like mobile phones, devices and solutions for imaging, games, media and businesses. Nokia provides equipment, solutions and services for network operators and corporations.

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