PalmSource, Inc., provider of the world's leading operating system for handhelds and smart phones and the Palm OS subsidiary of Palm, Inc. today announced that it is working with Insignia Solutions to create a standard Java interface to run on the Palm OS platform.
Based on the Insignia Mobile Foundation(tm), which provides a highly optimized implementation of the Java2 Micro Edition(tm) standard, and integrated with the PDA Profile (JSR-75) set of Java APIs, the Palm OS based Java solution will provide more powerful Java capabilities for developers and customers in both the consumer and enterprise markets. PalmSource has taken the lead to develop the PDAP specification and drive it through the Java Community Process with the goal of making it the Java standard for handheld and smart phone class devices.
The PDA Profile is the single, unified set of Java APIs that will enable today's feature-rich handheld and smart phone devices to successfully deploy Java-based applications. Java developers now have a standardized, PalmSource-endorsed suite of Java APIs allowing them to develop powerful Java applications for the broad range of Palm Powered products. PalmSource expects the PDA Profile to help further extend Palm OS leadership by becoming the platform of choice for Java developers targeting the handheld and smart phone markets.
Through the PDA Profile Java solution for Palm OS, jointly developed by PalmSource and Insignia, developers will have the foundation they need to bring Java-based enterprise and wireless services onto Palm Powered products. Java has become an important standard in the enterprise market and in certain wireless markets, such as the mobile phone market. In the wireless market, Java support will enable Palm Powered products to leverage dozens of mobile operator networks worldwide that have standardized their mobile services offerings on Java, making Palm OS an ideal connected platform for mobile wireless products.
"By bringing Java to the Palm OS through PDAP-based solutions, PalmSource gives developers the flexibility and tools they need to create efficient and powerful Java applications targeting enterprise handhelds and smart phones for consumers and business customers," said Steve Sakoman, chief product officer at PalmSource. "PalmSource and Insignia are working together to help expand the opportunities for both Palm OS and Java developers."
"Insignia continues to work with industry leaders like PalmSource to drive its software technology into key mobile market segments," said Mark McMillan, president of Insignia. "We look forward to working closely with PalmSource to increase Java capabilities through developing the new PDAP standard on the Palm OS platform. This relationship further demonstrates our leadership of the mobile device Java marketplace."