Nokia has joined the open source Eclipse Foundation and is kick-starting a project to build a framework for mobile Java development tools.
Eclipse promotes the open development of software tools to ease application integration between suppliers.
The Nokia-sponsored mobile Java tools project will include support for the J2ME mobile specification and will promote the wider adoption of Java-based mobile applications.
Nokia will donate elements of its existing mobile technology to Eclipse and work to create mobile Java applications based on the new mobile information device profile (MIDP) and connected device configuration (CDC) platforms.
Nokia’s involvement is expected to lead to both open source and commercial mobile development tools reaching the market.
Nokia made a number of its mobile technology patents open source earlier this year.