Sun Microsystems chief executive Scott McNealy said today Java will be available on 40 million new devices, thanks to the memorandum of understanding announced here today between Sun and the Symbian alliance.
McNealy said the Symbian announcement meant Java was now available on millions of cell phones, set top boxes, in cars, as well as on servers, and he said in the future, we would see ?billions of devices running Java?.
Under the agreement with Symbian, Sun will incorporate Java with Symbian's Epoch operating system. This is seen as being attractive to Symbian licencees, including Ericsson, Motorola, Nokia, Phillips and Psion, because it will enable them to deploy the same applications over a wide range of wireless devices.
MacNealy said contrary to the comments of Sun's critics, particularly Microsoft, that Sun had over-hyped the importance of Java, ?I think we seriously under-hyped Java.?
He said it was less than four years ago that Sun had launched Java as a language. ?If I'd have said four years ago that Java would be running on set-top boxes, mobile phones, in cars and that Microsoft would be selling our technology, you would have hauled me away in a straight jacket.?
The Symbian announcement comes just a day after Sun announced another memorandum of understanding, this time in Japan with mobile phone maker NTT DoCoMo. The Japanese company plans to deploy Java, Jini and JavaCard technologies into its i-mode digital cellular phone and wireless services. NTT CoCoMo currently has more than 23 million cellular phone subscribers.
MacNeal? said the announcements showed the way for everyone having Java in front of them whatever they are doing. ?You will have Java in the phone, the PC, on your TV's set-top box, in your car.? Sun's charismatic founder, president and chief executive quipped, 'If you're not doing one of these things, you're either asleep, dead or playing golf.?
He said Sun was ?very excited about adding another 40 million nodes to our write once, read anywhere technology.?
?I believe Epoch will lead the way to Java becoming the de facto standard for wireless devices,? MacNealy said.
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