JBlend Technology Ships in New Sharp Camera Phone Being Sold in Europe by the Vodafone Group

11/25/2002 - Aplix, the global leader in deploying JavaTM technology in mobile phones, announced that its JBlendTM platform has begun shipping in the European market on a mobile phone for the first time. JBlend technology is incorporated in the recently-announced Sharp Corporation GX10 GSM/GPRS camera phone, which is one of the first mobile phones being sold by Vodafone across Europe for its new Vodafone live! offering.

JBlend technology has enjoyed unparalleled success in the Japanese market and is the most deployed Java execution environment for mobile phones throughout the world, having been incorporated into 32 wireless handset models from 11 different manufacturers to date. In August this year, Aplix announced that JBlend technology was shipping in more than 10 million units of mobile phones and home electronics devices, including mini disc camcorders, digital photo printers, digital image albums, and High Definition Televisions (HDTV). With the latest mobile phone deployments in Europe and the US, the number of JBlend technology-equipped mobile phones and consumer devices now exceeds 12 million units.

Sharp has implemented JBlend technology for the new GX10 mobile phone, which incorporates the Java 2 Platform Micro Edition's (J2METM) Connected Limited Device Configuration (CLDCTM), Mobile Information Device Profile (MIDP), Vodafone Java extensions and Aplix's patent pending KFTTTM acceleration technology. This comprehensive platform enables Vodafone customers to enjoy an enhanced experience through the graphical, personalized, and interactive wireless data services delivered by Vodafone live!. Users will have the ability to run enhanced games, maps, and productivity applications that can be downloaded to the phone wirelessly over-the-air.

Sharp GX10 Mobile Phone
The GX10 GSM/GPRS mobile phone incorporates a digital camera and a large high-resolution LCD of 65,536 colors, and enables users to take, view, send and enjoy high-quality images using Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS).

About JBlend Platform
The JBlend platform is the de facto solution for running Java applications and services in mobile phones. It includes a high performance, small footprint Java virtual machine (JVMTM) for a variety of configurations (CLDC, CDC) and profiles/extensions (MIDP, i-mode, Sprint and others); and all the porting tools and test suites needed to Java-enable a full line of consumer products. The JBlend platform supports a variety of popular operating systems and microprocessors, and has also been successfully integrated in many digital appliances and embedded devices. In addition, JBlend technology offers device manufacturers the following key benefits:

About Sharp
Sharp Corporation (TSE: 6753) was established in 1912 and is engaged in the manufacture and sale of electrical communications equipment, electric equipment and electronics-applied equipment, including televisions, video cameras, CD stereos, MD players, fridges, faxes, and mobile phones.

About Aplix
Aplix Corporation is the global leader in deploying Java technology in mobile phones. The company's JBlend technology has been adopted as the standard Java runtime environment by leading wireless carriers in Japan, and has been shipped in more than 12 million mobile phones and home electronics products. Aplix was first established in 1986 and has been a Sun Java licensee since 1996. It is headquartered in Tokyo with an affiliate in San Francisco and an office in Paris.

JBlend, KFTT and all related trademarks thereto are trademarks or registered trademarks of Aplix Corporation in Japan and other countries. Sun, Java, CLDC, and J2ME are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries.

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