Sun launches JavaFX Mobile

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Sun launches JavaFX Mobile

Sun Microsystems has launched the JavaFX Mobile platform today, promising to let developers create rich applications across the broadest possible range of mobile devices, from consumer handsets to smartphones.

At the same time, Sun announced a raft of big name handset manufacturers, service providers and ISVs which are working to ship JavaFX Mobile-enabled devices, including Sony Ericsson, LG and Orange.

"JavaFX provides new functionality for easily creating more immersive applications that seamlessly integrate content, media and data across device platforms," said Jeet Kaul, senior vice president of the Client Software Group at Sun.

"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."

Built on top of the Java Platform Micro Edition (Java ME), the new technology offers a unified model for writing and deploying rich Internet applications across mobiles, desktops and browsers, according to Sun developer Joshua Marinacci.

"It struck me this morning how much of a big deal this is," he wrote in his blog. "Even though I'm not a mobile developer I can write mobile apps with JavaFX. I couldn't do that before. One SDK, one set of tools, one language, one set of APIs. There is no JavaFX Mobile. There is only JavaFX."

Sun said that it will be premiering JavaFX Mobile at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week.

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