ACCESS NetFront™ Browser Again Tops comScore List for Mobile Browsers Deployed in the U.S. & Europe
* Deployment of NetFront Browser in Broad Range of Specialized Mobile Devices Drives Widespread Availability
Sunnyvale, Calif. – ACCESS CO., LTD., a global provider of advanced software technologies to the mobile and beyond-PC markets, today announced that comScore, a leader in measuring the digital world, has confirmed that ACCESS’ NetFront™ Browser is once again the leading mobile browser deployed on handsets in the United States and through multi-country operators in the top five European markets (France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy and Spain)1. A review of mobile handsets available in these markets as of September 2009 revealed NetFront Browser continues to be the leading embedded mobile browser available in 28 percent of handset models shipped in the U.S., rising from 27 percent noted in a comScore study earlier in 2009. NetFront Browser also maintained its leading position in the European markets surveyed. Driving the continued success of NetFront Browser is its ability to be customized for a wide range of specialized handsets designed to address the specific interests and needs of users.
“Mobile phones have become ubiquitous in our society, and being able to connect to the Internet is a must-have feature for today’s devices,” said Mark Donovan, senior analyst, comScore. “As mobile Internet access increases, users will continue to chose mobile browsers that deliver a more complete and robust browsing experience that comes as close as possible to the experience of the desktop.”
As device makers and mobile operators differentiate their Web-ready phones by adding e-money functions, mobile social networking, high-resolution cameras, multimedia messaging and music capabilities, more specialized devices are emerging. New devices from the top operators referenced in comScore’s research--including AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon in the U.S., and Orange, Telefonica, T-Mobile and Vodafone in Europe—are capturing the diverse interests of consumers ranging from music and photography to social networking, allowing them to tap into the Internet through their mobile browser.
“Consumers today are looking for innovative devices that bring full Web functionality and also address their individual interests,” said Tomihisa Kamada, president and CEO, ACCESS CO., LTD. “As more and more devices are Internet-enabled, we are getting closer to a time when nearly every consumer electronics device will be connected. Web access will no longer be a special feature, but an expectation from consumers as they see how their mobile devices can deliver experiences far beyond their original purpose.”
More information about NetFront Browser and the NetFront™ suite of mobile software solutions can be found at www.access-company.com.
1 Source: comScore | MobiLens, September 2009.
ACCESS CO., LTD. is a global company providing leading technology, software products and platforms for Web browsing, mobile phones, wireless handhelds and other networked devices. ACCESS’ product portfolio, including its NetFront™ Browser, ACCESS Linux Platform™ and Garnet™ OS, provides customers with solutions that enable faster time to market, flexibility and customizability. The company, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, operates subsidiaries and affiliates in Asia, Europe and the United States. ACCESS is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Mother’s Index under the number 4813. For more information about ACCESS, please visit http://www.access-company.com/.
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