Motorola helps Java developers target phones

Motorola is seeking to give a boost to developers creating Java applications for internet-enabled phones and other portable devices by starting a new developer support programme.

          Motorola is seeking to give a boost to developers creating Java applications for internet-enabled phones and other portable devices by starting a new developer support programme.

          The programme announced Tuesday will assist developers who use the Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition (J2ME), a version of Sun Microsystems' Java programming language for building applications that can be accessed by users via wireless phones and other small, portable devices, Motorola said in a statement.

          Through the programme, developers will gain the assistance of Motorola's iDen (Integrated Digital Enhanced Network) Subscriber Group, which designs and builds integrated handsets, and it will provide a free software developer kit on CD-ROM and web-based technical support.

          Once a developer completes a wireless application, Motorola will offer its fee-based testing, support, marketing, distribution, billing, backend processing and end-user support services. Motorola expects to have its first J2ME technology-enabled handset available by early 2001.

          Developers can visit Motorola's iDen developer support programme website. Once registered, a developer can request a complimentary CD-ROM loaded with tools, documentation and sample code to start the wireless application development process, Motorola said.

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