Research In Motion Limited (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSE: RIM), a world leader in the mobile communications market, and Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) today announced one of the first Java™ technology-based wireless handhelds at the JavaOne conference this week. Going beyond standard KVM integration, RIM has implemented Java 2 Micro Edition (J2ME) as the core operating system for the BlackBerry wireless handheld and has ported BlackBerry applications to work on J2ME. This design will allow third party applications to tightly integrate with built-in BlackBerry applications such as calendar and email.
Java technology provides an industry standard programming platform that significantly eases the development and deployment of wireless applications. The J2ME platform is optimized for wireless handhelds and in combination with the Connected Limited Device Configuration (CLDC) and Mobile Information Device Profiles (MIDP), offers a robust, portable environment for the creation of new wireless applications. Support for J2ME opens development of new applications for BlackBerry to more than two and a half million Java technology developers, according to Sun Microsystems.
“Sun’s J2ME provides an open, robust application development environment for RIM and its partners,” said David Yach, Vice President, Software at Research In Motion. “We have fully integrated J2ME as the core operating system on our next-generation of 2.5G BlackBerry handhelds, allowing for an unprecedented level of application integration and functionality.”
“By optimizing the Java Virtual Machine and porting BlackBerry applications in their entirety to J2ME, RIM has created a solid, secure, extendable handheld environment with a quick, responsive and easy-to-use interface,” said Rich Green, Vice President and General Manager, Java Software, Sun Microsystems. “Sun strives to work with industry leaders such as RIM to advance the J2ME open standards platform for the wireless industry.”
At the JavaOne developers conference this week, RIM is demonstrating its J2ME-based BlackBerry platform. RIM’s Development Environment for J2ME will be based on open standards and will include a device simulator and real-time debugger with a full suite of integrated utilities to help quickly build, test and deploy applications. Compliance with J2ME, CLDC and MIDP specifications provides a “Write Once, Run Anywhere” cross-platform environment that will attract and support a broad base of developers. RIM’s Development Environment for Java technology is expected to be publicly available later this year. Until then, developers are also encouraged to use Sun’s wireless J2ME toolkit available at www.java.sun.com/j2me.
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