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Wireless Industry gathers around Java
Posted: 19-Sep-2000 [Source: Sun Microsystems]

[Java Technology for Mobile applications evolves, as an industry group announces a standard Mobile Information Device profile.]

Palo Alto, CA -- Delivering Java[tm] technologies for the wireless market, Sun Microsystems, Inc. and its wireless industry partners today announced the shipment of the Mobile Information Device (MID) profile enabling the creation of next generation, personalized, interactive services for wireless devices.

Based on the Java[tm] 2 Platform Micro Edition J2ME[tm], the MID profile dramatically enhances the overall consumer experience by enabling dynamic, personalized interactive services for wireless devices. Created by more than twenty companies through the Java Community Process[sm] (JCP), the availability of the MID profile demonstrates how the wireless industry can collaborate to develop open, standards-based technologies that will enable practical and entertaining mobile interactive services. The MID profile is available for immediate download from http://java.sun.com/products/midp.

Companies that are developing or deploying Java technology based wireless services and products for near term delivery include Motorola, Nokia, Siemens, Research In Motion, Sony, NEC, Matsushita/Panasonic, Mitsubishi, Fujitsu, Symbian, SmarTone, Far EasTone, Telefonica, Nextel and One 2 One.

"Leveraging Java technology, wireless device manufacturers, operators and content creators can develop highly differentiated products and services by providing dynamic, personalized, interactive content that can be offered to consumers at any time," said Patricia C. Sueltz, executive vice president, Sun's Software Systems Group. "The completion of the MID profile specification for Java technology in wireless advances the capabilities for wireless application development and network connectivity to a new level of sophistication and dramatically illustrates how the Java Community Process balances cross-industry cooperation with speed to market. We are gratified that such a large list of wireless industry players have selected Java technology as the foundation upon which they build their next generation personalized, interactive services."

For consumers, Java technology enabled interactive services are the next step beyond today's text-based static content. Java software enhances the user experience by supporting easy-to-use, graphical, interactive services for wireless devices. Examples include:

Dynamically-generated, personalized stock quotes that can display graphs and give purchase and/or sell alerts for specific stocks utilizing the wireless network efficiently. Real-time, location-specific weather reports that display periodic forecast updates. Real time, location specific traffic reports that update local traffic conditions and supply alternate highway routes depending on traffic delays and accidents. Games that can downloaded and played offline by individual users achieving cost effective use of the wireless network. The MID profile for the wireless platform was developed by an expert group utilizing the Java Community Process. Companies involved in the development of the wireless profile include: America Online, DDI, Ericsson, Espial Group, Inc., Fujitsu, Hitachi, J-Phone Tokyo Co., Matsushita (Panasonic), Mitsubishi, Motorola, NEC, Nokia, NTT DoCoMo, Palm Computing, Research In Motion (RIM), Samsung, Sharp Labs, Siemens, Sony, Sun Microsystems, Symbian and Telecordia.

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