Sun Microsystems has announced the availability of the JavaFX Mobile platform, which enables the Java wireless ecosystem to create solutions that leverage the Java Platform Micro Edition (Java ME). Sun also announced that several leading handset manufacturers, service providers and independent software vendors (ISVs) are working with Sun to ship JavaFX Mobile handsets.
Sun Microsystems has announced the availability of the JavaFX Mobile
platform, which enables the Java wireless ecosystem to create solutions
that leverage the Java Platform Micro Edition (Java ME).
Param Singh, senior director of Java marketing at Sun, said what
differentiates JavaFX on mobile devices is that JavaFX Mobile delivers
rich content and services across the broadest range of mobile devices -
from mass market feature phones to smart phones.
Meanwhile, Sun also announced that several leading handset
manufacturers, service providers and independent software vendors
(ISVs) are working with Sun to ship JavaFX Mobile handsets. Developers
and partners can start building JavaFX applications for mobile and
desktop today by downloading the JavaFX SDK, which includes a complete
JavaFX Mobile Emulator at: http://www.javafx.com.
Singh said Sun will be premiering JavaFX Mobile at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, from Febr. 16-19.
JavaFX Mobile helps companies across the mobile industry to quickly
and easily deliver innovative, new products to market, Singh said.
Service providers can use JavaFX Mobile to deliver the expressive
content and services that can improve average revenue per user
(ARPU) and end-user satisfaction; JavaFX Mobile allows device
manufacturers to offer richer, more immersive applications to help
differentiate their devices and ISVs benefit from the pervasiveness of
the Java platform to help deploy their content across broad range of
wireless devices, Sun officials said.
"We're seeing more and more Rich Internet Application [RIA]
developers and also mobile and game vendors looking at the platform,"
In addition, Sun is shipping an update of the JavaFX software
development kit (SDK) and adding a mobile emulator and production
suite, Singh said. Moreover, Sun partners can deliver the JavaFX
runtime either embedded in devices or made available over the air, he
said. Partners supporting JavaFX Mobile come in different categories
and include Sony Ericsson, LG Electronics, carriers like Orange and
Sprint, and some ISVs, Singh said.
Rikko Sakaguchi, corporate vice president and head of creation and
development at Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications, said, "We see
JavaFX as a natural fit to our mobile software platform strategy to
enable developers, both in-house and in our ecosystem, to create
superior, innovative, expressive mobile applications and services. Sony
Ericsson expects that JavaFX will have a great impact on the mobile
content ecosystem and plan to bring JavaFX to a significant part of our
Mathew Oommen, vice president of device and technology development
at Sprint, said, "Sprint, in its continued support of an open framework
and ecosystem, views JavaFX as an additional strategic platform in its
open toolkit. JavaFX enables Sprint to further leverage the developer
and designer community towards offering its customers a broader and
Meanwhile, Jeet Kaul, senior vice president of the Client Software
Group at Sun, said: "JavaFX provides new functionality for easily
creating more immersive applications that seamlessly integrate content,
media and data across device platforms. By delivering JavaFX Mobile on
top of the wireless Java platform, Sun is now bringing expressiveness
to the most pervasive and powerful platform in the mobile
The Java platform is supported by global mobile operators and device
manufacturers, is available on more than 2.6 billion mobile phones and
is supported by 6.5 million software developers, making it the
strongest mobile platform in the industry. Built on top of a consistent
Java ME platform implementation, JavaFX Mobile allows companies to
create immersive mobile content, while leveraging their existing
investment in the Java platform, Sun officials said. Developers
can use JavaFX Mobile to easily extend their current Java ME mobile
applications, games and solutions with expressive features and
functionality. In addition, JavaFX developers have access to Java ME's
mature and highly proven security model and phone specific
capabilities, such as address book, Bluetooth, camera, location
services, and more, the company said.
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