Linked by Eugenia Loli on Tue 7th Feb 2006 01:02 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Motorola first announced its intention to migrate its mobile "smart" phones to embedded Linux in 2003. The first such phone to reach the market was the A760 in the fourth quarter of that year. Today there are a dozen or so models (differing product numbers in different markets and minor hardware variations lead to different counts), but there are still no significant ecosystems for third-party applications or developers. Is Motorola's switch to Linux a hit for the company but a miss for end users?
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What's wrong with Java?
by mikehearn on Tue 7th Feb 2006 19:04 UTC
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I'm not sure splintering the mobile world further with Yet Another API is really a good idea. There's nothing inherent in J2ME that says apps must be ugly and slow - my own phone runs them at native speeds directly on the chip (no JIT compiler or interpreter to slow things down), and the LCD widget toolkit J2ME provides is already interfaced to the native toolkit meaning that Java apps look and feel almost native on these phones. There's no reason a phone manufacturer can't go the whole way and add API extensions to allow Java apps to access native facilities when available either.

J2ME is, for better or worse, pretty much a standard. It's better IMHO to work with it than use the native Motorola APIs just because it's Linux.

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