Mobile Devices Get a Jolt From Java

Even with Java seeing its days limited on the Web, apparently it still has some life left in it when it comes to the mobile world….

Emphasizing the role of Java on mobile devices, and the worldwide explosion of wireless connectivity, Sun Microsystems President and CEO Jonathan Schwartz welcomed former Sun President Edward Zander—now CEO of Motorola—to the stage of the opening general session at this month’s JavaOne conference in San Francisco.
“Mobile broadband is going to change the fundamentals of delivering applications and services,” said Zander. “What’s needed is a service delivery platform, and I can’t think of a better one than Java.”
Schwartz asserted several times during his remarks that Motorola’s shipments of mobile phones outnumber the entire PC industry’s rate of shipping new machines. Sun Chief Researcher and Science Vice President John Gage concluded the general session on May 16 with a bit of mobile hardware one-upmanship, showing one of a limited number of Developer Edition Jasper handhelds from Group Sense PDA, whose software platform from SavaJe Technologies features anti-aliased fonts and other desktop-class user interface components and behaviors. This raises the bar, said Gage, for the smart-phone form factor…. Source: eWeek