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Handset Manufacturers to Support the Joint Innovation Lab Widgets Standard

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The Joint Innovation Lab (JIL) had announced that handset manufacturers, LG Electronics, Research In Motion, Samsung Electronics and Sharp will support its widget specification in future mobile handsets from Q1 2010.

The launch of a wide range of JIL widget compliant handsets will enable developers to create applications that can be rolled out to customers across the JIL member companies of China Mobile, Softbank Mobile, Verizon Wireless and Vodafone, who are the founders of the JIL.

While JIL compliant handsets have launched in some European countries and China, this is the first time that major handset manufacturers have committed to global adoption of the JIL widget standard across devices.

"The decision of LG, RIM, Samsung and Sharp to incorporate the JIL widget specifications in their future product roadmap is proof of the tremendous potential that JIL offers both to developers and customers," said Peters Suh, JIL CEO. "All four companies are innovation leaders and this is another strong affirmation of both JIL strategy and its robust technical specifications."

The JIL is a joint venture involving China Mobile, Softbank Mobile, Verizon Wireless and Vodafone established in 2008 to promote the development of new mobile technologies, applications and services. Its focus has been to create a single global platform for developers.

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