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Market Momentum Building for Trolltech's Qtopia; Trolltech Releases New Version of Qtopia, Announces over 1,000 Apps for the Platform.

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OSLO, Norway & SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 5, 2003

The rapid evolution of Trolltech's(R) Qtopia(R) continues with the latest release of Qtopia 1.6, an embedded Linux application platform, and the announcement that there are now over 1000 3rd party applications available.

Qtopia 1.6 is a complete, powerful application platform, enabling the creation of state of the art mobile devices. Being able to customize not only the look and feel, but also the screen size and orientation of a mobile device, gives manufacturers the control they seek over their devices.

The Qtopia developer community, representing both open source and commercial developers, has created over a thousand applications for the platform. Based on the multiplatform Qt(R) C++ application framework, the Qtopia SDK enables developers to create powerful applications efficiently. Additionally, those same applications can run on all major desktop operating systems, due to the portability of the Qt framework.

"Qtopia is designed to provide a rock-solid base for mobile device manufacturers, while enabling easy creation of 3rd party applications," said Haavard Nord, Trolltech CEO. "By ensuring application compatibility between versions, manufacturers can create new mobile devices, using Qtopia 1.6, with heaps of 3rd party applications already available."

New features in Qtopia 1.6 include:

Application Compatibility: All existing Qtopia applications are able to run, unchanged, on Qtopia 1.6.

Outlook Synchronization: Qtopia 1.6 comes equipped with personal information management synchronization with Microsoft(R) Outlook(R) via Qtopia Desktop.

Today application: Qtopia's new Today application, which provides an update for the coming day, let's users select which data they wish to display. Default settings include calendar events, received email, and to do items.

Plug-in framework: Qtopia 1.6 contains a new plug-in framework for adding new features to Qtopia devices. Users will be able to easily update their application taskbar, add new fonts, plug in new multimedia formats, add/remove input methods and many other features.

End-user customization: Includes icon size and layout, add background colors or pictures, and change the color and look of the windows and buttons.

Display customization: Manufacturers can focus on what they like doing best -- creating innovative hardware designs. Qtopia 1.6 supports multiple display sizes (176 x 204, 240 x 320 and 480 x 640 pixels) and both landscape and portrait orientation.

Voice Recorder: Qtopia's new Voice Recorder provides users with a powerful recording application. Users can select quality levels of recording, including bit rate and mono or stereo sound.

Improved Qtopia Desktop: There have been numerous improvements to Qtopia Desktop, including the addition of one-click application installation, back-up and restore functionality, synchronization across wireless networks, and a large number of usability improvements.

Other improvements: Completely re-written multimedia player with customizable skins, improved image viewer with better image scaling, improved user interface for PIM applications, improved application install/remove, and a variety of smaller improvements.

Availability:

Qtopia 1.6 free edition and Qtopia Desktop for Microsoft Windows and Linux are available for immediate download from the Trolltech website. Qtopia 1.6 commercial edition is immediately available. Contact sales@trolltech.com for details.

About Qtopia:

Qtopia is a Linux-based application platform designed to make mobile computing simple, powerful, intuitive, and flexible. A complete environment, Qtopia's intuitive and customizable user interface provides near-desktop power on mobile embedded devices.

About Trolltech:

Trolltech(R) is a software company with two flagship products: Qt(R) and Qtopia(R). Qt is a multiplatform C++ application framework that lets developers write single-source applications that run -- natively -- on Windows, Linux/Unix, Mac OS X and embedded Linux. Qt has been used to build thousands of successful commercial applications worldwide, and also the open source KDE desktop environment. Qtopia, which is based on Qt, is the first comprehensive application environment built for embedded Linux. Qtopia has been chosen for IBM's embedded Linux reference platform, for multiple PDAs from Sharp, and many other devices. Trolltech is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, with offices in Brisbane, Australia, and Santa Clara, California. More about Trolltech can be found on its new website at www.trolltech.com.
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