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12 February 2009, 11:17

JavaFX goes mobile

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Sun Microsystems has released version 1.1 of their rich internet technology JavaFX, which now includes the JavaFX Mobile runtime component to better support mobile devices. The runtime also includes a Software Development Kit (SDK) for developing JavaFX mobile applications. Sun will demonstrate the technology next week in Barcelona at the Mobile World Congress. Companies, including Sony Ericsson, LG, Orange and Sprint have already confirmed their support for the technology.

Sun's mobile offering is competing with Microsoft's Silverlight, however Sun has the advantage that many mobile service and equipment providers have already been using Java ME (Micro Edition) for many years. The number of mobile devices running Java ME are estimated to be in the billions. Additionally, JavaFX Mobile runs on top of JavaME and can access functions like Bluetooth and cameras, while supporting localisation and networking features.

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