A new alliance between Sun and Symbian will make Java available on 40 million devices, claimed Sun CEO Scott McNealy at the CeBIT trade show in Hanover last week.
McNealy said the Symbian announcement would make Java available on millions of cell phones, settop boxes, in cars, and countless other devices as well as on servers.
Under the agreement, Sun will incorporate Java with Symbian's Epoc operating system. This is attractive to Symbian licensees, including Ericsson, Motorola, Nokia, Phillips and Psion, because it will enable them to deploy the same applications over a wide range of wireless devices.
"If I'd said four years ago that Java would be running on settop boxes, mobile phones, in cars and that Microsoft would be selling our technology, you would have hauled me away in a strait jacket," McNealy said.
Sun also signed a memorandum of understanding with Japanese mobile phone maker NTT DoCoMo. The Japanese company plans to deploy Java, Jini and JavaCard technologies in its i-mode digital cellular phone and wireless services. NTT CoCoMo currently has more than 23 million cellular phone subscribers.
"You will have Java in the phone, the PC, on your TV's settop box, in your car. If you're not doing one of these things, you're either asleep, dead or playing golf," McNealy joked.
"I believe Epoc will lead the way to Java becoming the de facto standard for wireless devices," he said.
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