Sun Releases Unified Java For Phones
Mar 1, 2007, 2:16 AM by (staff)
Sun today will make a new version of Java for Mobile Devices available to manufacturers and developers. The Mobile Service Architecture (MSA) platform combines a number of different existing Java components into a single minimum standard that has been agreed upon by most major operators and manufacturers. With the MSA, developers will have a modern minimum standard that is guaranteed to be on every new phone in the future. The last time Sun and the Java committees set forth a minimum common standard was four years ago; technology has advanced so much that now it is difficult for developers to know what components are available on different phones. Although the MSA was released today, phones that run it will not be available until the second half of this year.
Android N Preview Adds Multi-Window to Core Platform
Google today released a very early developer preview of Android N. Google hopes giving early access to the base code will help developers provide feedback so Google can push Android N to phone makers by the summer months.
Google to Remove Oracle's Code from Android
Google plans to take Oracle's proprietary Java code out of the Android operating system. Rather than rely on Oracle's Java Development Kit (JDK), Google will switch to the OpenJDK.
Google Exonerated In Java API Case vs. Oracle
A jury today decided that Google's use of 37 Java APIs constitutes "fair use" and does not infringe on Oracles copyrights. The decision caps a two-week trial that saw Oracle once again claim Google stole its Java code when first creating the Android operating system back in 2007 and 2008.
Google Drops Minimum App Prices for Select Countries
Google today gave developers more leeway in pricing their Play Store apps. Google notes that app purchasing behavior varies widely by market and pricing plays a big role in purchasing decisions.
New Standard Lets Devices Share Hardware Components Over Wi-Fi
MediaTek today announced CrossMount, a new standard that lets devices such as phones, tablets, PCs, and TVs make specific hardware and/or software components available to other nearby devices via Wi-Fi. One example is your smartphone making its sound output available to your TV, so you could use your smartphone and earbuds as wireless headphones for your TV.
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