We independently confirmed it with multiple sources of ours when we broke the news back in January, and today, Bloomberg has chimed in with multiple sources of its own claiming that the BlackBerry PlayBook will indeed run Android applications. We reported that the PlayBook might run the Java VM Dalvik, but later received information that RIM might be looking for other options. Bloomberg has reported that RIM won’t be using Dalvik, but is looking elsewhere. With this news and RIM’s recent strategic moves, we can confidently say that we’re incredibly excited about the future prospects for Research In Motion — and the ability to run over 130,000 Android applications on our BlackBerry smartphones and PlayBooks, of course. More →
As crazy as that sounds, we have been told by multiple trusted sources that RIM is seriously considering a feature that will allow BlackBerry devices to run Android apps. Here is what we know… Research In Motion has been trying to figure out the path it wants to take as far as how the existing Java environment will work on its upcoming QNX tablet and smartphones. The company has publicly stated that it is looking at getting a Java virtual machine running on the PlayBook — not so much for app development going forward, but for legacy support, custom apps corporations have deployed and don’t want to recreate, etc — but RIM hasn’t yet decided what kind of Java VM it will use. Hit the break for the rest! More →
Today, Nokia announced that they have signed an agreement to acquire U.S. mobile analytics company Motally. Motally “offers in-application tracking and reporting, and is designed to enable developers and publishers to optimize the development of their mobile applications through increased understanding of how users engage.” Motally’s services are to be adapted for Qt, Symbian, MeeGo, and Java. Nokia has also said they will continue to serve Motally’s current customer base (e.g. Yelp, Fandango, Intuit). Nokia’s Vice President of Media, Marco Argenti, had this to say: “The acquisition underpins Nokia’s drive to deliver in-application and mobile web browsing analytics to Ovi’s growing, global eco-system of developers and publishers, enabling partners to better connect with their customers and optimize and monetize their offering.” The deal is set to close in Q3 of 2010; the firm has eight employees. Hit the read link for the full press release.
Following up on a story we posted this morning, Google has released a statement in response to the lawsuit filed by Oracle over the search giant’s implementation of Java in Android. The statement looks like this:
We are disappointed Oracle has chosen to attack both Google and the open-source Java community with this baseless lawsuit. The open-source Java community goes beyond any one corporation and works every day to make the web a better place. We will strongly defend open-source standards and will continue to work with the industry to develop the Android platform.
As reported by USA Today, Oracle is, “seeking an injunction and unspecified damages,” although the suit is most likely “part of a larger negotiating effort by Oracle to land a sizable licensing fee.” Oracle has yet to release an official statement defending the merits of the suit. More →
CNET is reporting that software giant Oracle has filed a lawsuit against Google for the search giant’s use of Java in the Android mobile operating system. According to the suit, Google: “knowingly, directly and repeatedly infringed Oracle’s Java-related intellectual property.” Google noted that they had not yet been served with the suit and therefore could not comment. The suit also claims that “Google has been aware of Sun’s patent portfolio, including the patents at issue, since the middle of this decade.” Both companies certainly have enough money to drag this one out for a very, very long time in court. We’ll keep a close watch on the proceedings and report back when any major milestones are reached. More →
While speaking at the Red Hat Middleware 2020 virtual conference, Google’s Josh Bloch expressed serious concerns over the direction of Oracle’s recently acquired Java platform. Commenting that it has “appeared rudderless for the last few years”, Bloch went on to say that “technical and licensing disputes over the last few years have been highly detrimental. They’ve sapped the energy of the community and caused plenty of bad press.” Although he was clear to underscore the fact that the issues predate the buyout of Sun Microsystems, Bloch challenged Oracle to “take the lead of Java once again.” Specifically, he would like to see Oracle push out newer versions of the platform at a faster pace, make firm commitment to the swift release of Java 7, bolster support for the Java Community Process, and replace the woefully underpowered Java 2 Micro Edition. Bloch doesn’t believe hope is lost for Java and that “Java will remain a dominant platform in the enterprise space”, but if it doesn’t make the changes now, the King will go from having a cold to being gravely ill. More →
Yesterday, RIM released an update to its Java and web-based development tools for the BlackBerry platform, a move which RIM says will: “provide new capabilities that make it even easier to create feature-rich applications.” The new and updated SDKs include: BlackBerry Java Plug-In for Eclipse v1.1, BlackBerry Web Plug-in v2.0, BlackBerry Widget SDK v1.0, and BlackBerry Java SDK v5.0 — RIM boasts that the updates will provide access to over 20,000 native APIs. We’ve got the official press release ready for you after the break. More →
A job posting for a position within Lab126, a wholly owned subsidiary of Amazon that focuses on the Kindle, suggests that Amazon may be developing a new web browser for its popular e-reader. In an “it’s about time” maneuver, the job is seeking a Software Development Engineer to work with the web browser team on a project whose goal is to provide an innovative Embedded Web Browser. The current Kindle browser is severely lacking and needs an overhaul if the Kindle is going to compete with the iPad and other tablets slated to hit the market in 2010.
A recent report form ChangeWave Research is foreboding when it suggests that current e-reader owners would have bought an iPad if the iPad was on the market when they made their purchasing decision. Considering the market forces at play, the last line in the job description requiring “someone to deliver high quality work on tight schedules” is quite telling. Despite its calm and cool appearance, Amazon may be feeling a bit under the gun. What do you think? More →
We’ve already talked about some of the news from the first day of the 2009 BlackBerry Developers Conference, but another blast of PR from RIM has hit out inboxes, and wow, are we ever excited. The biggest news of the day is that developers will finally be able to unlock the full potential of the latest generation of BlackBerry smartphones — OS 5.0 and hardware permitting, of course — with the latest beta of the Java SDK 5.0 thanks in part to its OpenGL ES support. Still, there’s a lot of things to cover and we don’t want to clutter up our newly redesigned site with a bunch of text, so join us after the jump.
In with the new, out with the BREW — Sun Microsystems has just announced that Verizon Wireless is among several new partners to jump on the Java bandwagon. The nation’s largest carrier has long used BREW as its mobile platform of choice but times they are a’ changing. Moving forward, VZW will deploy Java Platform Micro Edition-based services and apps. From Sun’s JavaOne conference keynote highlights:
Lowell McAdam, president and CEO of Verizon Wireless, who will outline his company’s strategic decision to deploy Java Platform Micro Edition (Java ME) -based services in its network and offer Java-based services and applications to its subscribers.
While Big Red has not confirmed that Qualcomm’s BREW platform will be phased out, maintaining two separate platforms doesn’t make much sense. Crazier things have definitely happened though, especially where carriers are concerned. We’ll have to wait and see what the future has in store for BREW though we highly doubt anyone would really miss it. Verizon has yet to issue any public statement regarding its Java ME adoption.
In an economic climate such as the one we’re currently experiencing, we’re sure that Sun Microsystems is wishing they could say, “No takesies-backsies!” For the past few weeks, it seemed like everyone was on the edge of their seat waiting to see what would happen with IBM’s offer Sun. On Sunday, everything came to a halt when IBM withdrew a hefty $7.5 billion bid for the computer and software manufacturer. Sun became apparently picky when the sum ($9.40 per share instead of the $9.55 offer from the prior week) and details of the negotiations didn’t quite meet their tastes. Now the company could be facing a rough future if IBM can’t find a way to please and purchase it. In the meantime, Sun’s stock prices could continue to drop as they further their quest to find a buyer.
Palm Pre lovers, prepare to wet yourselves – the one many are calling the second coming of the Jesus phone will support Flash! That’s right, Palm announced that it has officially joined the rank and file of Adobe’s Open Screen Project, meaning that not only will the Pre be ready to surf websites sporting Flash animations, but the WebOS SDK might even allow developers to create unthinkably awesome Flash-based applications and shun that tired-old rhubarb that is java. What at say you, people? Are you jumping for joy or merely thinking about how many spare batteries and Touchstones you’ll need to have lying around to compensate for the battery-hungry monster that is Flash?
Skype announced on Thursday the availability of a new Skype Mobile beta that is compatible with Android-powered phones and over 100 Java-enabled phones from LG, Motorola, Nokia, Samsung and Sony Ericsson. The new lite version of Skype includes the following Skype features:
- Make Skype-to-Skype calls to other Skype users anywhere in the world
- Send/receive instant messages to/from individuals or groups
- Make Skype calls at low rates to people on landlines or mobile phones
- Receive calls to your online personal phone number on Skype
- See when your Skype contacts are online/available to chat
The lite version of Skype uses both airtime minutes and cellular data connection to make/receive calls, update contact list, etc. While that might be less than optimal, it is now available worldwide and can be used to make calls to the United States, United Kingdom, Poland, Brazil (Rio and Sao Paolo), Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Estonia, Australia and New Zealand. Skype users with compatible mobile phones can go to http://www.skype.com/m using their phone’s mobile browser or http://www.skype.com/download/skype/mobile from a computer for additional information and download instructions. Hit the jump for a table of compatible Java-enabled mobile phones.