Sony and Sun Microsystems have signed a memorandum of understanding to develop mobile phones based on Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition (J2ME) with the goal of shipping these devices in the first half of the year 2001. Sony have already demonstrated an early version of a Java technology enabled wireless handset.
The companies will collaborate to implement J2ME and the Mobile Information Device (MID) profile in Sony’s new GSM and GPRS cell phones. The inclusion of J2ME provides Sony an environment to support interactive wireless network games and secure e-commerce transactions. The initial rollout is targeted toward select European network operators.
The Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition is the edition of the Java 2 platform targeted at consumer electronics and embedded devices. The J2ME technology consists of a virtual machine and a set of APIs suitable for providing tailored runtime environments for consumer and embedded electronics.
Lots more details at http://java.sun.com/j2me/faq.html