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(March 26, 2002) - Why shouldn't the world's leading supplier of mobile phones, with its listings on six of the world's major exchanges, also get close to its grassroots users? Accordingly, Finnish-based Nokia had the idea last November of launching a "Nokia Mobile Challenge" and trying to identify the best mobile apps in various categories including communications and enhanced productivity. Four months and 500 entries later, the judges of the Nokia contest selected the applications that in their view showed the best combination of mobility, quality, and usability. In the Java (J2ME) category, they recognized three students for creating outstanding Java applications: Lukasz Luzar of Poland for a currency trading application, Ram Kumar of Malaysia for an e-mail client application, and Michael Behrisch of Germany for a game called "Koloris." As well as honoring stude... (more)

Nextel and Motorola Launch First Java Technology-Enabled Phone with Color Display in the U. S.

(July 2, 2002) - Nextel Communications Inc. and Motorola, Inc. have teamed up to add color to the mobile phone user's life with the first color display, JavaTM technology-enabled phone in the U.S.- the Motorola i95cl, available now from Nextel. The handset's large color screen, maximized memory, faster processor, and improved network connectivity allow Nextel customers to take advantage of robust Java applications including maps, animation, games, and graphics. The Motorola i95cl features a large high-contrast screen with a color display, backlighting and customizable color pale... (more)

Meet the Musea - NTT DoCoMo's Pocket PC 2002 PDA

(July 30, 2002) - Japan's largest wireless carrier, NTT DoCoMo, has shown much-needed support for Microsoft's launch into the mobile phone sector, with its announcement of the Musea, a Pocket PC wireless PDA capable of streaming video at 384Kbps. It will be the first PDA compatible with DoCoMo's M-stage visual, a streaming video content distribution service for downloading - or streaming - content such as movies, sports, and news. Both still and moving images will appear clearly when viewed on the 3.5-inch screen. First reports say the Musea may come close to delivering BlackBerry... (more)

W3C Issues SVG 1.1 and Mobile SVG as Recommendations

(January 15, 2003) - The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has just issued Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) 1.1 and Mobile SVG Profiles as W3C Recommendations. SVG 1.1 separates SVG capabilities into reusable building blocks, and SVG Mobile recombines them in a way optimized for mobile devices. Advancement of these documents to Recommendation indicates that these W3C-developed specifications are stable, contribute to Web interoperability, and have been reviewed by the W3C Membership, who favor their adoption by the industry. The graphical capabilities of SVG 1.1 are the same as those... (more)

Nokia Brings Popular Mobile Java Toolkit to Linux Developer Community

(January 15, 2003) - Nokia has introduced the Nokia Developer's Suite for J2ME, Version 1.1 for Linux, expanding the universe of creative talent targeting mobile application development. The Nokia Developer's Suite for J2ME, Version 1.1 for Linux provides developers with tools to create, test, and deploy downloadable applications that are designed for J2ME. Nokia has announced that it is supporting Java technology in a wide selection of its current and future mobile terminals. The Nokia Developer's Suite for J2ME 1.1 supports development of MIDP applications. The suite enables eff... (more)