It’s always good to see big companies playing nice with each other, especially when the customers reap the benefits of their cooperation. Today, Nokia, Samsung, and several other companies announced their approval of a new specification currently before the JEDEC Solid State Technology Association. Even Sony, who seem to always roll out proprietary memory formats just to make us squirm, are behind this cause in the form of their Ericsson division. The format, called Universal Flash Storage (UFS) will allow for larger memory capacities and faster access speeds. According to Nokia, the three-minute access time for a 4 GB file using today’s standards would be reduced to just a few seconds with UFS. Don’t hold your breath on a release date though; the standard isn’t expected to be finalized until 2009.