Why Sun should buy Access and ensure JavaFX wins

“AFTER NEWS surfaced about Sun Microsystems and Samsung cooperating on a Java Phone, I thought to myself: Java-only would not be good enough.Here’s why an ALP Linux + JavaFX combo offering from Sun would be a killer. One alternative of what Sun could do, if it overcame its anti-Linux faction of Solaris and pure-Java zealots, is release the killer phone OS, one which can run next-gen Linux GUI and JavaFX applications side by side.Both are not even mutually exclusive: the current incarnation of JavaFX could become the low-end, with the one with Linux GTK bindings becoming the high-end for more powerful phones.If we elaborate. Palm Inc. lost its momentum in the last few years after going back and forth and deciding to develop its own Linux-based OS instead of using Access/PalmSource’s own ALP.If anyone wants to outsell Apple and stop the fragmentation in the Linux market, it’s time for something better than a “new” mobile Linux OS. If an open OS from Sun is able to run Java, Linux – and optionally PalmOS applications if a vendor wants it by packing the ALP legacy VM – all side by side, as ALP does, and if it’s coupled with Sun’s marketing efforts, it would be a killer platform. ” Read this great article here:

imate JAMA 201: a low end QWERTY smartphone

“i-mate is about to release another JAMA model. Unlike other products of the lineup the JAMA 201 is a smartphone, not a communicator. It features a touchscreen display, Windows Mobile 6 Standard OS and a QWERTY-keyboard. The new smartphone belongs to the low-end class and has similar specs to its predecessors.The specs of i-mate JAMA 201:
Networks – GSM/GPRS/EDGE 900/1800/1900 MHz
OS – Windows Mobile 6 Standard
CPU – Samsung 300 MHz
Display – 2.5” VGA (much for a low-end phone, but the site states the VGA), 65K colors
128 MB ROM and 64 MB RAM
Camera – 2-megapixel 4x digital zoom, auto focus and flash
Interface – Bluetooth, USB
Li-Ion 1100 mAh battery
Talk time – up to 4 hours
Standby time – up to 150 hours
Dimensions – 113x63x14 mm
Weight – 152 g” via mobile-review.com

Skype and UK's 3 working on mobile Internet phone

“Skype is working with British cell phone service operator 3 to produce a handset that will allow users in Britain to make free calls on the Internet, a spokesman for the company said on Friday.A spokesman for 3 confirmed that the group was working to make Internet calls mobile but would not confirm any further details or who it was working with. The phone is expected to work in the normal way but to include a Skype function to contact other Skype customers.Skype uses an Internet connection to place a voice call, cutting out the telephony network for which telecoms operators charge by the minute. Skype calls to other broadband-connected Skype users are free.The Skype spokesman did not give any further details but said the phone would be out later this year. 3 is the British cell phone business of Hong Kong conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa” via today.reuters.com