Swedish Telecoms equipment maker Ericsson said it had signed an agreement with Canon Inc on the transfer of digital images from camera to mobile devices. "The technology will enable simple, fast and reliable transfer of images from digital cameras to wireless devices as well as to other consumers or the Internet,'' Ericsson said in a statement.

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Ericsson to Cooperate with Canon

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Swedish telecoms equipment maker Ericsson said on Friday it had signed an agreement with Japan's Canon Inc to cooperate on transferring digital images from cameras to mobile devices.

The two companies will develop digital imaging applications for mobile phones working in the current popular GSM (news - web sites) standard, the GPRS standard which enables much faster data transmission as well as for the future third generation wireless telephony which will even support video.

"The technology will enable simple, fast and reliable transfer of images from digital cameras to wireless devices as well as to other consumers or the Internet,'' Ericsson said in a statement.

"By combining a digital camera and a cellular phone, users will be able to easily manage and send images along with voice or text based messages,'' it said.

Ericsson also said the cooperation would result in separate, new consumer devices from both companies next year.