Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Sun Plans Version of Java for Web-Linked Cellphones - New York Times

More on JavaFX 

Sun is hoping to attract handset makers and cellular carriers by offering a new version of Java, to be dubbed JavaFX, in tandem with a so-called scripting language that will enable designers of interactive Web sites to create content that can be easily distributed by a variety of devices — like personal computers, cellphones and set-top boxes — without having to customize for each environment.

The article also includes a Sun smartphone prototype image (which, annoyingly, I can't drag & drop into Blogger for some unknown reason); very iPhone-ish.

I agree with my Burton Group colleague quoted in the article:

“The cellphone is really the next frontier in terms of what will be the next big win in software,” said Richard Monson Haefel, a senior analyst at the Burton Group, an industry research group based in Midvale, Utah. “Sun is trying to get that position.”

I don't currently see many reasons to conclude Sun will be a winner in the next phase of competition, however.  

Source: Sun Plans Version of Java for Web-Linked Cellphones - New York Times

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