Ericsson and Sun are developing a multitasking Java-based platform to give 3G mobile users faster access to content and applications.
The solution was announced at this week’s Java One show in the US, and will be used by mobile operators and handset manufacturers.
Based on Sun’s Connected Limited Device Configuration (CLDC) HotSpot Implementation, the system is integrated and optimised on Java-based Ericsson mobile platforms.
Most existing mobile phones download content in slow, single stages as the networks they operate on aren’t fast.
But with the arrival of faster 3G networks, Ericsson and Sun are aiming to give users something closer to a multitasking PC when it comes to the delivery of content onto a mobile device.
Such content could include business applications, as well as video files, music downloads and other content.
Jörgen Lantto, Ericsson mobile platforms vice-president of strategic product management, said, “Java technology can greatly accelerate the pace of innovation and uptake of new advanced applications in coming mobile phones, both for the consumer and the business segment.
“For example, a Java-based push-mail application could now easily be enabled to run concurrently with other applications.”
The multitasking feature will be part of Ericsson’s next-generation 3G mobile phone platforms, and will be made available to Ericsson licensees at the end of 2005.