Nokia Pours Java Into Cell Phones
The world's biggest cell phone maker, Finland's Nokia, has adopted Java as the basis for software on its future cellular phone and combined phone/handheld device.The worlds biggest cell phone maker, Finlands Nokia, has adopted Java as the basis for software on its future cellular phone and combined phone/handheld device. The company expects to have 100 million Java phones in the hands of users by the end of 2003. Java is currently in use on about 3 million phones, mainly in a new service launched by NTT DoCoMo and two other cellular operators in Japan earlier this year. The commitment by Nokia last week at JavaOne means that Sun Microsystems Java 2 Micro Edition now stands a good chance of dominating development for sophisticated cell phones and other mobile devices. Micro Edition is a stripped-down version of Java for mobile and embedded devices.
Speaking at JavaOne, the developers conference in San Francisco, Nokia President Pekka Ala-Pietilä said Java will be the basis for new "intimate, personalized and localized services." Cellular phone companies in the future will offer an initial service package as they do today, but their real opportunity may lie with customers "impulse use of services" that they access and pay for on an as-needed basis, Ala-Pietilä said.