palmOne Releases New Java J2ME Runtime
palmOne today announced general availability of an ARM-processor-optimized Java runtime for end users. The new MIDP 2.0 J2ME runtime is compatible with Tungsten handhelds, the Zire 71 and the Treo 600 smartphone.
IBM's WebSphere Micro Environment and its accompanying developer toolkit, WebSphere Micro Environment Toolkit for Palm OS developers, enables the development, testing, deployment and execution of Java 2 Micro Edition-compliant applications on palmOne devices.
This continues the growing trend of Java enthusiasm in the Palm OS community, as evidenced by the recent announcement from PalmSource regarding its licensing of IBM's WebSphere Micro Environment Java 2 Micro Edition (J2ME) certified runtime environment and WebSphere Studio Device Developer (WSDD) toolset for integration into the Palm OS platform.
palmOne also is debuting a Java application section on its Software Connection website. This includes support for standard Palm OS applications, installed via HotSync operation, as well as Java applications that can be installed wirelessly, over the air.
By quickly extending the benefits of the Java developer community and IBM relationship to the award-winning Treo and Tungsten product lines, palmOne is better-equipping developers to deliver compelling aftermarket business and consumer solutions. Mobile workforces and consumers alike will benefit from a greater number of compelling, standards-based applications, development tools, and solutions. Mobile Java applications run the gamut from clients for sophisticated business systems, to fun and easily downloadable games. palmOne can now help meet the demand for standards-based Java-enabled handhelds and smartphones with a more diverse set of capabilities and configurations than its competitors.
The MIDP 2.0 runtime is currently available at no cost to Tungsten handheld users who purchased their handheld on or after Oct. 1, 2003. Treo 600 smartphone users or Tungsten handheld users who purchased their handheld before Oct. 1, 2003 and users of Zire 71 handhelds can purchase the runtime for $5.99 from Software Connection. Users who downloaded or purchased the MIDP 1.0 version of the runtime can download the MIDP 2.0 upgrade at no cost.
Developers can download the no-cost MIDP 2.0 toolkit and get more information on palmOne's Java strategy and activities for developers.
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