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Jonathan Erickson

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Will Someone Please Answer the Mobile Device?

April 29, 2008

Remind me. When exactly did cell phones stop being cell phones and start being "mobile devices running content-rich mobile applications"? I'm still grappling with the Rich Internet Applications (RIA) on my new Nokia N95 phone (and I have to admit, it's a beauty) when all I really want to do is answer the phone. 


 It's probably a good thing that I recently upgraded phones -- er...mobile devices -- because my "old" Sony Ericsson Z500a mobile device may not have the horsepower to support Project Capuchin, a new technology from Sony Ericsson that bridges the Abobe Flash Lite and Java ME development platforms, letting you take advantage of the best attributes of both software stacks to "create content-rich mobile applications." In other words, you'll be able to embed pure Flash Lite content in Java ME applications. The necessary APIs and an SDK will be available via Sony Ericsson's Developer World in the second half of this year.

Project Capuchin will likely be an extension, or built on top of, the recently released Sony Ericsson SDK for Java ME supposedly sports performance improvements and on-device resource monitoring which features a multi-tasking virtual machine (MVM) introduced with Java 7 (JP-7). This lets users run multiple MIDlets (that is, applications that run on "Mobile Information Devices" that are written to the J2ME's Mobile Information Device Profile) at the same time and when used in conjunction with other Sony Ericsson features, such as auto-starting MIDlets, support advanced Java ME applications. The resource monitor tool lets you to see both CPU and memory consumption of live running MIDlets.

Sony Ericsson claims that the technology will target mass-market mobile phones, rather than smartphones, which means there may be life yet for my Z500a. We'll see. By then I might have figured out how to return calls on my N95.



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