Nokia sees progress next year for mobile apps

Nokia expects work to be wrapped up early next year on a Java standard that should make it easier to manage business and consumer...

Nokia expects work to be wrapped up early next year on a new Java standard that should make it easier to manage business and consumer applications on mobile phones and other wireless devices.

The standard includes new management capabilities that should make it easier to deliver applications and software updates to mobile phones, troubleshoot problems remotely and set access policies for corporate users, said Pertti Korhonen, Nokia's chief technology officer.

For example, if a user wants to download a new game to his phone and doesn't have the right codec, the Java standard will let developers package the codec and the game together and deliver them to a user at the same time, installing them while the phone is still running, Korhonen said.

The standard will also provide operators with more information about a user's phone, including the hardware profile, the sotware installed on it and "live" statistics such as how much memory is being used.

Operators will be able to find the cause of problems more easily and deliver software updates to fix them, Korhonen said.

The standard will provide operators and network managers with some of the same remote management features that are available today for PCs and servers, Korhonen said.

The capabilities are part of Java Specification Request 232, which is led by Nokia and Motorola and supported by Vodafone, NTT DoCoMo, PalmSource, IBM and others.

James Niccolai writes for IDG News Service

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