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What font do you want in your handset?

Posted: 21 May 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:handset font? smart phone? software?

FlipFont on S60 mobiles
Monotype selected Symbian's S60 to be the first platform to use its FlipFont as a fully-downloadable application. The company claims that it is now operational on any of 46 handset models based on the S60 platform.

The company initially offered FlipFont with Vodafone in the United Kingdom last fall. At that time, its downloadable software only worked on four models.

With an increased number of handsets offering FlipFont, Monotype is itself selling FlipFont software, allowing users to connect directly to the company's mobile e-commerce site, independent of their wireless carrier.

Three fonts are available for a free trial. When users select a particular font, they must pay $3 per font. By comparison, the cost of licensing a font for PCs is $26.

This is not company's first foray into the mobile phone industry. It has been licensing its own "embedded text rendering solution" to Motorola, Nokia, Sony Ericsson and others for several years.

Mobile handset vendors initially used Monotype Imaging's software components to ease their own development process, enabling a consistent user interface and menu on their devices while supporting a multilingual library.

For now, the new fonts can only be used on S60 phones. An iPhone user still can't use the FlipFont application.

Asked which new smart phone platforms Monotype Imaging plans support in the future, Asari said, "We're still in the midst of feasibility and prototyping activities," quickly adding, "We are considering all other OSAndroid included."

The company said it is also developing a next-generation FlipFont application for touchscreen handsets.

- Junko Yoshida
EE Times

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