Java tech group releases standard specs for handheld apps

The Java Community Process (JCP) released Thursday its first platform for building applications for Java-enabled wireless handheld devices.

The Java Specification Request (JSR) 185 is a roadmap outlining how technological specifications could be integrated to develop software solutions to fit Java 2 Micro Edition (J2ME)-enabled handhelds. This will allow carriers to better plan their application deployment strategy, will allow handheld manufacturers to develop better product plans, and give developers a clearer path to software development.

Included in the JSR 185 are specifications from J2ME, Connected Limit Device Configuration (CLDC) 1.0, Mobile Information Device Profile (MIDP) 2.0, wireless messaging API (WMA), and mobile media application program interface (MMAPI).

Devices meeting the new standard are slated to be available in fall 2003, according to a statement issued by the JCP.

JCP is comprised of industry players such as Santa Clara, Calif.-based Sun Microsystems Inc., Motorola, Nokia, Research in Motion (RIM), Siemens, Sony Ericsson, Symbian T-Mobile, Vodafone, NTT DoCoMo and Samsung.

“Sun and some of the key companies in the wireless industry wanted to be proactive and simplify the work for application developers, to make their life easier by defining the set of Java APIs that will be available in the majority of cell phones from now on,” said Nicolas Lorain, senior product manager, wireless Java technology, mobile systems group at Sun.

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