Java ME news from CTIA
By dannycoward on Apr 02, 2009
The wireless industry likes to get most of its big conferences over with before summer starts. Following MWC in February (when JavaFX Mobile was released), its CTIA Wireless this week. No JavaFX announcements (you'll need to wait for JavaOne for those), but some interesting updates for Java ME developers.
Mostly focussed around applications: but there are a couple of notable Java handsets. Kyocera's new handsets are described as 'innovatively timed for today's challenging economy' aka cheap (or worse, affordable). Maybe they will save the economy, or maybe they are just after the next billion mobile consumers. Samsung showed off the follow up to its blockbuster Instinct phone, and its sparkly Impression phone, whose screen has now passed the radiation test.
AT&T kicked off its apps beta store, kind of a pre-season sale warehouse for what's going to hit its real app store later. Or what's not, if developers don't like it. And Sprint opened up its phones for developers, sort of.
Yahoo previewed its mobile makeovers for Java phones, and there was a dizzying slew of announcements of other Java apps that didn't stay in Vegas.