LONDON Sony Ericsson will demonstrate at next week's JavaOne developers' event in San Francisco its Project Capuchin, which will allow software developers to create applications for mobile phones that can use pieces of both Java ME and Adobe Systems' Flash Lite to create their applications.
The handset maker plans to release a set of APIs (application programming interfaces) and a software development kit in the second half of this year to bring the two different mobile development styles together.
The resulting applications will be treated like typical Java applications within Sony Ericsson's developer platform, and also across the industry by operators that may already have a well-defined system for supporting Java applications.
The aim of the project is to provide developers with an intuitive tool to create applications with a cleaner user interface (UI) without sacrificing the strong, feature rich and widely deployed Java ME infrastructure, including secure, well-developed content distribution.
The company said Project Capuchin's bridging software "will empower two distinct developer communities to leverage their respective expertises to create the next generation of highly engaging and immersive mobile content."
The technology is targeted at mass-market mobile phones, not the smartphone category with more sophisticated operating systems.
Ultimately, the handset maker wants to make this an open platform so that it could be used on other phone platforms. It plans to make the APIs available, but has not yet decided in what way it would publish the information.
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