Sun plans to popularize low-cost handheld Java devices

Java promoter envisions sub-£25 mobile phone to spread computing power in world market

Once upon a time, to believe in marketing slogans, Sun believed that the network was the computer. Now, perhaps, the handheld is the computer. At its JavaOne event, Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz outlined plans to design and support a smartphone computing platform based around its mobile JavaFX technology which Sun believes can be delivered to the world marketplace under US$50 (about 25).

The vision is part of designs Sun has to become a more direct player in Java revenue streams, as JavaFX Mobile will be directly sold and licensed by Sun to handset makers as a binary code product, rather than licensing source and conceptual technology to be adapted for implementation by OEMs. This, the company believes, will have a twofold benefit of making the JavaFX Mobile platform easier to develop for than some mobile Java environments, and help enable low-cost yet powerful devices for even cash-poor and technologically under-served buyers.

JavaFX Mobile is expected to be broadly compatible with most desktop and mobile applications. The initial wave of mass-produced JavaFX Mobile devices is expected sometime next year, with no specific timetable or partners announced for the ultra-low cost concepts.

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