Sun officially launches JavaFX Mobile platform, to cut fragmentation and make apps snazzier.The firm has also announced that several handset manufacturers and operators, including LG, Sony Ericsson, Orange and Sprint, have already signed up to the project.
JavaFX is an expressive rich client platform for creating Java apps across all screens from desktop to mobile. It was released to developers on December 4th and as of February 1st there had been over 100,000 downloads of the tools and SDK. Developers can use JavaFX Mobile to extend their current apps, games and other content with more expressive features and functionality - and integrate them with phone-specific features such as address book, Bluetooth, camera, location services, etc.
They can also benefit from using the same JavaFX tools . such as the JavaFX SDK and the JavaFX Production Suite, that they use to create content for the desktop and browser. This makes it much easier to start creating mobile content and opens up the mobile device to a much wider pool of developers and designers.
“By delivering JavaFX Mobile on top of the wireless Java platform, Sun is now bringing expressiveness to the most pervasive and powerful platform in the mobile industry,” said Jeet Kaul, SVP of the Client Software Group at Sun. “We are thrilled with the excitement and interest we're seeing for JavaFX from many of the world's top handset manufacturers, service providers and ISVs.”
According to Ovum Research, there are over 2.6 billion Java-based handsets in use, with eight out of ten handsets shipped in 2008 running Java technology.