January 16, 2002
New Kejian Handsets Enable Quick and Easy SMS Messages and Internet Mail With T9(R) Text Input Software
First Mainland China Handset Manufacturer to License T9 Text Input for World's Fastest-Growing Mobile Market
Tegic Communications, a wholly owned subsidiary of America Online, Inc. today announced that China Kejian Corporation Ltd. has licensed T9(R) Text Input software for the Chinese and English languages. China Kejian will integrate T9 Text Input into its new mobile phone models slated for availability in China in early 2002 and is the first Mainland China handset manufacturer to license T9 Text Input. The integration of T9 Text Input into the new Kejian handsets allows users to quickly and easily enter Chinese and English text, taking full advantage of the phone's e-mail and SMS (short messaging service) features.
"The growing demand in China for text-style services such as Mobile Originated Two-Way SMS has made easy text input technology like T9 Text Input a 'must' for wireless phones," said Andrew To, Business Manager for China Kejian Corporation Ltd. "We are pleased to offer our customers the leading solution for quick and easy text entry for mobile phones."
"As a top Chinese brand known for its technical expertise and reliability, Kejian continues to introduce innovative wireless phones that offer a combination of clever engineering and unique design," said Ray Tsuchiyama, Director of Business Development for Asia-Pacific for AOL Anywhere. "China is now the world's largest mobile phone market and Kejian is making it easier for all mobile users to utilize advanced wireless communications."
About T9 Text Input
By incorporating T9 Text Input into mobile communications products, companies are solving the fundamental problem of how to quickly and easily type and send messages. Although each key on a telephone keypad can be interpreted in multiple ways - a single press on the "5" key could be "J," "K," or "L " - T9 Text Input uses an internal database to automatically scan possible variations to determine the correct word. For example, entering the word "call" into a mobile phone will take just four key presses with T9 Text Input rather than ten key presses required by conventional "multi-tap" text entry.
T9 Text Input for the Chinese language supports both phonetic and stroke-based text input for Simplified and Traditional Chinese character sets, allowing users to enter text in the manner that is easiest and most familiar to them. Using only the keys on a mobile phone handset, T9 Text Input for Chinese enables the user to enter Chinese characters by specifying their strokes (Stroke mode), or by spelling the characters phonetically using an alphabet set (the Pinyin or BoPoMoFo modes). T9 software employs a linguistic database to analyze the user's keystrokes and "disambiguate" them into the intended characters or letters. Chinese T9 Text Input also conforms to relevant digital device text input standards released by the PRC government.
T9 Text Input is available in 31 languages, including Arabic, Bulgarian, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean (Hangul), Malay, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish and Vietnamese. T9 Text Input supports Simplified and Traditional stroke-based Chinese, as well as phonetic Pinyin and BoPoMoFo text input. Language support is continually expanding.
There are nearly 180 mobile phone models available throughout the world today that include T9 Text Input and the technology has been licensed to major consumer electronics and communications equipment manufacturers representing more than 90 percent of annual mobile phone production worldwide. In addition to China Kejian, current licensees of T9 Text Input include Nokia, Motorola, Ericsson, Samsung, Siemens, Acer, Amstrad, Arima, Benefon, Denso Wireless Systems America, Fujitsu, Giga Telecom, Hyundai Electronics, Kyocera Wireless, LG Electronics, MagCom, Maxon Telecom, Mitsubishi, NEC, Optimay, Panasonic, Pantech, Philips, Sagem, Sanyo, Sendo, Sewon, Shintom, Sony, Standard Telecom, Sym Systems, Telit, Toshiba, WorldM and Voxson.
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