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3G Americas Updates Java Technical Recommendations for Handsets
Posted: 12-May-2006 [Source: 3G Americas]

[3G Americas updates Java Technical Recommendations promoting interoperability and content development.]

Bellevue, WA -- 3G Americas, a trade association supporting the wireless industry throughout the Americas, announced today an update of the 3G Americas Java Technical Recommendations for handsets to further interoperability and drive content development. The overall goal of the recommendations by 3G Americas is to establish a Java technology-based platform that focuses on the specific needs of operators, device OEMs, and Java application developers through improved capabilities of Java technology that can be implemented into future devices. The update corresponds to the previously released 2005 recommendations from 3G Americas and provides for consistency with the recently updated requirements of the subset of JSR 248 (MSA Sub-set 1.0).

Chris Pearson, President of 3G Americas, stated, "These 3G Americas Java recommendations have gained broad support throughout the industry. This update continues the progress of Java interoperability for the Americas and benefits operators, developers, and device vendors throughout the world as it will reduce fragmentation in the marketplace and drive shorter development cycles for providing content across multiple handsets."

Globally, according to Ovum, there are more than 1.1 billion Java Platform, Micro Edition (Java ME) capable mobile devices in the marketplace, with 647 million Java technology enabled handsets shipped in 2005. It is estimated that more than 180 leading wireless operators have deployed Java technology-based services.

"As global wireless operators drive more compelling value-added services into the market, it is critical for the wireless eco-system to have more consistent Java technology implementations in handsets," said Alan Brenner, Vice President, Sun Client Systems Group. "The strong collaboration between 3G Americas and the JSR 248, Mobile Service Architecture (MSA), Expert Group has resulted in the next generation application platform that will drive this consistency across handsets and enable a multitude of exciting new handset applications to begin reaching the market early next year."

On May 16, 2006, from 10:30 p.m. to 11:20 p.m. at the JavaOne Conference at Moscone Center in San Francisco, California, a 3G Americas organized BOF will discuss the JSR 248 subset (MSA-subset 1.0) technical recommendations. The BOF session will showcase broad industry support for the JSR248 subset recommendations and feature leading Java experts from Cingular, Orange, Sprint-Nextel, Nokia, Sun Microsystems and 3G Americas.

The 3G Americas Java Technical Recommendations paper was prepared by members of 3G Americas with contributions from Sun Microsystems and input gathered from Java application developers.

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