Nokia extends mobile apps development to Linux

Nokia has begun offering a free, Java-based toolkit for developing mobile applications on the Linux platform, for deployment on...

Nokia has begun offering a free, Java-based toolkit for developing mobile applications on the Linux platform, for deployment on its mobile phones.

The Nokia Developer's Suite for J2ME (Java 2 Micro Edition), Version 1.1, enables development of applications such as Celesta Smart Forms or games for use on Nokia' phones with J2ME clients.

"It's the first set of tools for the Linux environment that supports J2ME," said Letitia Andrews, developer tools marketing manager at Nokia.

Chris Preimesberger, a wireless analyst at Evans Data, agreed the kit represented the first fully open-source offering for developing mobile applications.

"There are a lot of open-source developers out there who are already familiar with Linux who are interested in getting into wireless development. This really paves the way for those open-source developers out there who haven't had a tool like to this to start looking at developing for cell phones or handhelds."

Developers can develop, test, and deploy downloadable applications designed for J2ME, a version of Java designed for small consumer electronics products, the company said. Version 1.1 supports development of Mobile Information Device Profile (MIDP) applications, enabling MIDP development in a standalone environment.

The suite also can be integrated with existing IDEs from Borland Software and Sun Microsystems. An automated code generation tool is included, as are archive builders. The kit is compatible with all Nokia MIDP SDKs.

While the kit is available for free download at www.forum.nokia.com, Nokia hoped to generate income from having applications developed for its platform.

Nokia has no plans to port the kit to non-Nokia platforms.

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