Sun chief executive Scott McNealy jetted his new Symbian partners into the Cebit show this week as he announced a major tie up with the youthful smartphone venture.
The colourful head of Sun Microsystems was keen to have representatives from Symbian by his side at Cebit as he detailed the plans to incorporate Java as part of Symbian4s Epoc handheld operating system. But, when they failed to get flights at short notice, he stepped in with the offer of his private jet.
Only days before the Hannover trade show was due to begin, Symbian - originally founded and funded by Psion, Ericsson and Nokia - signed a deal with Sun for joint development work which, according to Sun, is expected to benefit between 40 and 60 million users of wireless information devices over the next five years.
McNealy added that the tie up should drive momentum for Symbian?s platform for wireless information devices by creating an open standard for service and content.
Colly Myers, chief executive officer at Symbian, said that the company4s devices will use Sun4s Jini and other networking standards, such as the Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) and Bluetooth.
He added that Symbian devices using both Epoc and Java are expected to start shipping at the end of this year.
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