Nokia has released its open-source mobile Web browser and launched a new portal to share information about its open-source activities.

In June, the mobile phone manufacturer announced that it was developing an open-source browser for phones that use its S60 smartphone software platform. The browser, now available to licensees of S60 3rd Edition, is based on the WebCore and JavaScriptCore components of Apple's Safari Web kit.

Safari is based on KHTML and KDE's JavaScript Engine, developed as part of KDE's Konquerer open-source project.

The browser will display Web pages to mobile phone users just as the page developers designed the page, Nokia said. It also includes pop-up blocking, access to RSS feeds and a text search feature.

Nokia is keen to improve the way websites are currently displayed on mobile phones. Typically, sites are specially designed for mobile phones with those that aren't often awkward to view on the small screens on handsets.

With the availability of higher speed wireless data networks, operators and handset makers are increasingly working to open up the entire Web to mobile users.

Nokia also launched a portal, opensource.nokia.com, as a source of information for all of its open-source projects. The goal is to share Nokia's open-source developments in order to encourage further innovation.

Nokia is working on two other open-source projects. Nokia's Maemo development platform is an open-source platform for developing products for Linux-based Internet tablets. Nokia's 770, the tablet that includes Wi-Fi but not cellular connectivity, is based on Linux.

The other project is the Python programming language, which Nokia is porting to the Series 60 platform.