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Oracle Increases Investment in Java ME

04 Oct 2011

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Developer and Architect

Plans to Modernize the Java ME Platform with Submission of New Java Specification Requests and Improve Alignment with Java SE Releases

JAVAONE, SAN FRANCISCO – October 5, 2011

News Facts

  • Java is the most widely deployed application platform for mobile devices.
  • At JavaOne 2011, Oracle outlined plans for the evolution of Java Platform, Micro Edition (Java ME) through the submission of new Java Specification Requests (JSRs) to the Java Community Process (JCP).
  • Over the next several months, Oracle and members of the Java community will submit new JSRs for Java ME 7 and begin development within the JCP.
  • The first component planned for submission is an update to the Connected Limited Device Configuration (CLDC) virtual machine and library specifications to enable better alignment with Java Development Kit (JDK) 7.
    • This will let Java ME developers benefit from the latest Java Platform, Standard Edition (Java SE) language enhancements and leverage consistent debugging, profiling and diagnostics across both platforms.
    • Oracle expects the Java ME 7 specification will enable new value-added services and deliver a smart-phone experience on feature-phones. New APIs will also be planned to extend the reach of Java ME 7 and to turn billions of connected embedded devices into application platforms.
  • With more than 2 billion units shipped in 2010, Java Card continues to gain momentum.
    • Oracle expects the newly released Java Card 3.0.4 platform will further increase Java Card technology adoption in the emerging areas of Near Field Communication (NFC) mobile payments and machine to machine (M2M) secure devices.
    • The release of Java Card 3.0.4 specification maintains alignment with ETSI, the main world-wide telecommunications standards body.
  • Oracle is showcasing Java ME and embedded Java technologies at JavaOne 2011 during 64 conference sessions and BOFs, as well as in the JavaOne Exhibition Hall.

Java Facts and Figures

  • 1 billion Java downloads each year
  • #1 programming language (TIOBE Programming Community Index)
  • More than 3 billion devices are powered by Java technology
  • 9 million developers worldwide
  • 80% of mobile developers target the Java platform
  • More than 125 million Java-based TV devices have been deployed
  • Over 8 billion Java Card units have been shipped since its introduction
  • Over 90% of all SIMs in Europe, North America, South America and Japan are Java Card
  • In the European Union, there are already over 18 Million Java Card SIMs providing M2M network services that allow secure device communication

Supporting Quotes

  • “We are very excited about the future of Java ME, which will further extend the world’s leading application platform for mobile and edge devices and offer increased opportunity for both Java developers and mobile operators,” said Adam Messinger, vice president of development, Oracle Fusion Middleware. “Greater alignment between Java ME and the JDK will enable Java developers to leverage consistent tooling and resources, unlocking new possibilities and helping to enable a new wave of innovative applications. Future platform extensions will be designed to allow operators to push critical applications and services directly to mobile devices, helping to further increase their handset presence and strengthen their consumer relationships.”
  • “Oracle's plans to continue working with the Java Community, as well as mobile operators and device manufacturers on the next version of Java ME, are very exciting. It shows Oracle's commitment to open platforms and bucks the trends I'm seeing elsewhere in the mobile space" said Ilja Laurs, CEO of GetJar. "Java ME was instrumental in the development of GetJar's business and in spite of many other platforms, we see the pace of Java downloads continues to be very strong – especially for the mass market and feature phones. Around the world, the mobile device has become the client computing platform of choice, creating opportunities for innovative services and business models from new and existing companies. With Oracle's help, the broad business and technology participation and the expanding markets, Java ME is set to continue its growth."

Supporting Resources

· Java ME and Java Card Technology

· Java TV

· Terrence Barr Blog

· Java Magazine

· The Java Spotlight Podcast

· Java Source Blog

· Follow the conversation on Twitter: follow @Java

· I Love Java on Facebook

Notes to editors

About JavaOne

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