Motorola, Inc. announced a new initiative aimed at encouraging greater unification of Java technology for the mobile industry. The company will open source its Java test framework and sample test cases and will develop the reference implementation and compliance tests for Motorola-lead JSRs such as the Mobile Information Device Profiles (MIDP) 3.0 specification. The goal of this effort is to create a more common, open environment for mobile Java platforms through an open source project.
The initial test framework and sample test cases can be found at http://opensource.motorola.com (also announced) and are freely available to operators, developers and manufacturers. MIDP3 will be available shortly. By making available Java test frameworks and test cases via an open source channel, Motorola encourages the development of a broader mobile and software Java ecosystem, capable of delivering applications with truly "write once, run everywhere" implementation capabilities.
Recognizing the mobile industry's momentum behind Java, Motorola's code contributions will deliver new opportunities for Java developers through increased compatibility and transparency across the Motorola portfolio. This will result in lowered overall development costs, reduced time-to-market and a larger market opportunity with increased Java application interoperability.
"Delivering differentiated, compelling end-user experiences is critical to everyone in the mobile industry and Java remains a trusted technology ally," said Mark VandenBrink, Senior Director & Chief Platform Architect, Motorola Mobile Devices. "Motorola believes that by eliminating some of the fragmentation hurdles Java currently faces we can help evolve the wireless Java ecosystem and make Java even more accessible, more compatible and easier to use."
Motorola is a long-time advocate of Java and open standards, and continues to lead the market with innovative Java enabled devices and solutions. One of the world's leading wireless manufacturers and an innovator of Java ME(TM) (formerly J2ME) technology, Motorola is dedicated to driving the creation of Java specifications and standards through leadership in organizations like OSGi, JCP, Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) and the Open Source community.
As the first manufacturer to bring Java technology-enabled handsets to the North American market in 2001, Motorola's portfolio roadmap has an established track record of continually delivering innovative Java enabled products. In 2003, Motorola was also the first manufacturer to combine the flexibility and scalability of Linux+Java technologies in a single handset through the A760 the world's first Linux+Java handset.