Java released for Treo 600
Delivering on its promise of enabling the latest Java standards on its Treo
600 smartphone, palmOne today announced general availability of an
ARM-processor-optimized Java runtime for end users.
IBM's WebSphere Micro Environment and its accompanying developer toolkit,
WebSphere Micro Environment Toolkit for Palm OS developers, enables the
development, testing, deployment and execution of Java 2 Micro Edition-compliant
applications on palmOne devices. This continues the growing trend of Java
enthusiasm in the Palm OS community, as evidenced by the recent announcement
from PalmSource regarding its licensing of IBM's WebSphere Micro Environment
Java 2 Micro Edition (J2ME) certified runtime environment and WebSphere Studio
Device Developer (WSDD) toolset for integration into the Palm OS platform.
palmOne also is debuting a Java application section on its
Software Connection website, powered
by Handango. This includes support for standard Palm OS applications, installed
via HotSync operation, as well as Java applications that can be installed
wirelessly, over the air.
"Through the new Java runtime, Handango's thousands of Java developer partners
can now deliver standards-based applications to palmOne customers without
sacrificing speed, functionality or usability," said Randy Eisenman, president
and chief executive officer, Handango. "In addition, by expanding the existing
Software Connection, Handango and palmOne are significantly growing the market
for Java applications."
By quickly extending the benefits of the Java developer community and IBM
relationship to the award-winning Treo and Tungsten product lines, palmOne is
better-equipping developers to deliver compelling aftermarket business and
consumer solutions. Mobile workforces and consumers alike will benefit from a
greater number of compelling, standards-based applications, development tools,
and solutions. Mobile Java applications run the gamut from clients for
sophisticated business systems, to fun and easily downloadable games.
"Delivering Java to Treo and Tungsten products is just the beginning of the
tremendous benefits customers will enjoy. Whether it's providing new games for
consumers to pass time more enjoyably or making sure a field force always has
the latest data when and where they need it, Java makes it even easier for end
users and developers to tap those possibilities," Jonathan Oakes, senior
director of strategy for palmOne. "We're thrilled to be providing three million
plus Java developers the tools and support necessary to build truly great mobile
palmOne can now help meet the demand for standards-based Java-enabled handhelds
and smartphones with a more diverse set of capabilities and configurations than
its competitors. With both keyboard and stylus data input, brighter and
higher-resolution displays, and significant memory enhancements, individual
customers and wireless service providers have the best set of product options
with the Tungsten and Treo product families.
"Running Java applications on palmOne devices breathes new life and
possibilities into existing solutions," Bob Wallace, president of Aircharge. "palmOne's
device lineup enables Java-based solutions to bridge from small displays to
large, or from being solely in-the-field deployments to on the campus or in the
Pricing and Availability
Treo 600 smartphone users can purchase the runtime for $5.99 from
Users who downloaded or purchased the MIDP 1.0 version of the runtime can
download the MIDP 2.0 upgrade
at no cost.
A selection of Java applications for palmOne products is available at