10/27/2004 - Sun Microsystems Inc., the creator and leading advocate of Java technology, highlighted the rapid adoption of the Java Verified Program among wireless developers as the standard for mobile Java application testing. Since the Java Verified Program's inception eight months ago, the number of tested applications to qualify for the Java Powered mark has grown at a rate of 55 percent month to month.
"Application certification is central to establishing high-caliber mobile application services," said John Delaney, Principal Analyst at Ovum. "Ovum forecasts that by the end of this year, Java-enabled handsets will reach approximately 579 million worldwide; a 120 percent increase over the 264 million Java-enabled handsets connected at the end of 2003. As the market penetration of Java-enabled handsets increases, and Java applications continue to proliferate, carriers and developers will need to rely upon applications adhering to an agreed standard."
Many applications have been submitted and tested by the Java Verified Program, including:
"You haven't experienced anger until you have a teenager whose instant messaging client is on the fritz," said Frank Bell, CTO of Communology. "By promoting clear mobile Java standards and providing the Java Powered logo, both carriers and teenagers are assured of our product's quality."
"Developers have quickly learned that getting applications tested by the Java Verified Program dramatically increases their marketability to carriers," said Eric Chu, Director of J2ME Business and Marketing, Sun Microsystems. "Sun and its partners are extremely pleased to play a key role in facilitating important connections between developers and carriers eager to deploy revenue-enhancing mobile Java applications."
The Java Verified Program provides a unified process for cost-effectively testing and qualifying Java applications. Applications submitted to the Java Verified Program are qualified against a set of industry defined testing criteria at authorized testing houses worldwide. By qualifying their applications, developers can open a huge global market for their products.
"Our mDiabetic Creator is a rather atypical mobile application and we felt it was important to show it was created with industry standards in mind," said Scott Luse, Mobile Diabetic, Inc. "Diabetics across the globe will be able to access our life-changing application much sooner because carriers have confidence in our Java Powered application."
Starting January 2005, all Java applications must pass the Java Verified test before commercial distribution by most handset manufacturers like Nokia and Sony Ericsson. Aside from gaining popular support among developers, major wireless carriers worldwide including Orange and T-Mobile Europe have previously announced their participation of the program.
Launched in February 2004, the Java Verified program allows Java developers and content providers to monetize their applications more quickly and cost-effectively. Certified applications earn the right to leverage the Java Powered logo to provide customers with a unique quality assurance. Through the Java Verified program, developers can participate in marketing and distribution programs offered by Motorola, Nokia, Orange, Siemens, Sony Ericsson, Sun Microsystems and T-Mobile Europe. For more information, please visit http://www.javaverified.com.
About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- "The Network Is The Computer" -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) to its position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that make the Net work. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the World Wide Web at http://sun.com
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