Java gets into the handset

Japanese phone vendors have collectively deployed Sun Microsystems’ Java technology in more than 3 million J2ME-enabled wireless handsets.

At its JavaOne Developer Conference on June 4th, Sun Microsystems disclosed that, to date, NTT DoCoMo, LG Telecom and Nextel had collectively deployed its Java technology in more than 3 million J2ME-enabled wireless handsets.

A recent research report by Nikkei Market Access indicates that adoption in Japan will continue to grow, with the total annual unit-based production of Java technology-enabled cell phones predicted to reach 20 million by the end of 2001.

In addition, other operators around the world, including Cingular Interactive, Far EasTone, J-Phone, KDDI, Omnitel, One2One, SmarTone, Sprint PCS, Telefonica and Vodafone, all have plans to deploy or trial Java technology-based services and devices in 2001.

Java technologies offer certain benefits to carriers, developers, manufacturers and consumers in the wireless arena. They enable wireless carriers to differentiate their services by offering individual customers personalised applications. Developers writing Java applications can deploy them on a wide spectrum of devices, independent of networks, operating systems or handset models – as long as those devices are J2ME technology-enabled.

Manufacturers of Java technology-enabled handset devices can offer customers personalised services while consumers can choose to download new applications as opposed to buying a device with applications pre-installed by the device manufacturer.

In addition to operators’ support, wireless device manufacturers, including Nokia, Motorola, Siemens, Samsung, LG Electronics, Panasonic, Fujitsu, NEC, Sony, Mitsubishi Electric, Sharp, Psion, RIM, and Inventec, are either shipping or planning to ship devices integrated with Java technologies

Since January, when NTT DoCoMo launched the J2ME-enabled i-mode handsets in Japan, the number of Java-based applications increased to more than 5,000.

Japanese mobile operator J-Phone Group also announced that it is launching Java-enabled handsets in Japan this month. The handsets will offer an expanded range of interactive content and applications, including 3-D graphics. The handsets are the first major technical collaboration between J-Phone Group and its principal shareholder, Vodafone of the UK.

On the web