Sun plans Java for "web-linked" mobiles

Sun announced plans to better enable its Java platform to compete in the mobile Internet market against the likes of Symbian, Microsoft, Palm, Research in Motion and other smaller Linux-based offerings. Sun said its new software will pull from its existing mobile Java version as well as from technology it recently acquired from SavaJe Technologies. SavaJe had previously targeted the smartphone market with its operating software. The name of the new mobile Java offering will be JavaFX Mobile and it will launch with a new scripting language that Sun says will make it easier for designers of websites to optimize their sites for use via a variety of devices. JavaFX will be offered via an open source license, but Sun hopes to score commercial licenses from handset makers for the mobile version of the software.

For more on JavaFX Mobile:
- see this article from the International Herald Tribune