Openwave And Sun Microsystems Work On Mobile Content

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Openwave announced they’re working with Sun Microsystems in a plan to develop new content for mobile phones. The plan will integrate Openwave’s XML-based MIDAS with sun’s Java ME and will provide standards-based tools and environments to create and deliver that content.

The announcement was made on Monday at the 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. They said this agreement will help operators and developers to rapidly create, customizer and deploy powerful new applications and interfaces for mass market mobile phones.

A complete software development toolkit (SDK) that integrates with the NetBeans IDE, part of the Solaris Enterprise System, will be provided to developers to enable integrated development, device emulation, debugging and packaging of mobile applications, support industry partners and encourage development of ecosystems that leverage both Sun’s Java ME technologies and W3C’s XML-based Compound Document Framework (CDF).

“With Java technologies and Openwave solutions each running on over one billion devices, this collaboration has deep resonance with the mobile community,” said Rich Wong, Senior Vice President, Product and Solutions Group, Openwave. “The ability to create content and services that personalize the user experience on mobile devices is critically important; operators that offer easily accessible content experiences will likely see a lot less customer churn.”

“The combination of Java ME technology, XML markup and scripting languages will introduce new opportunities for new user experiences and rich mobile applications,” said Alan Brenner, Vice President of the Client Systems Group at Sun Microsystems. “The collaboration between Sun and Openwave will help developers and carriers to rapidly create and deploy new mobile applications, and help lower the cost of development through the use of standards-based technologies.”

As part of the agreement, Openwave will join the W3C CDF working group to provide support for emerging CDF standards. Openwave will also join and actively participate in the expert group of JSR 290, recently filed by Sun, designed to address and promote interoperability between Java technologies and the CDF standard. Sun and Openwave have also outlined roadmap for developing future products and services.

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John Stith is a staff writer for WebProNews covering technology and business.

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