Danger Brings Java to Hiptop

Wireless software maker Danger, which has made a splash with its hiptop all-in-one wireless device designs, has moved to further expand the capabilities of its devices by licensing Sun Microsystems’ Java 2 Standard, Micro Edition (J2ME).

Palo Alto, Calif.-based Danger said that with the license in place it plans
to launch products that are compliant with the Connected Limited
Device Configuration (CLDC) and Mobile Information Device Profile (MIDP)
specifications, opening the door for Java developers to create new
applications and services for the hiptop platform.

Hiptop-based devices, like the T-Mobile Sidekick, give users the ability to
surf the Web, send and receive email, use instant messengers, play games,
take and email photographs, and make phone calls. Danger said the addition
of J2ME will increase the usefulness of its platform by
giving users access to Java applications like games, location-based
services, financial information, personal productivity tools, and
entertainment services.

The deal may also make Danger’s technology more attractive to carriers
angling for enterprise customers. In October, when T-Mobile launched its Sidekick, Gartner analyst Todd Kort told internetnews.com that
the technology’s proprietary nature could dissuade enterprise customers. He
said industry users tend to prefer products that are more flexible or
ubiquitous, like Palm OS and Microsoft Windows CE.

Without a standards-based technology, or extremely wide reach (in
Microsoft’s case), Kort suggested that Danger would primarily challenge
Research In Motion’s (RIM) Blackberry technology, rather than offering up a
serious challenge to PDA and smartphone giants like Palm and Microsoft. The
addition of J2ME to the hiptop lineup could be the technology that turns
that tide.

Danger’s Hiptop Wireless Solution includes a device design that can be
private labeled by wireless carriers, a platform for the development of
third-party applications, and a back-end software framework to support the
delivery of data services.

Initially, the firm launched hiptop with technology from Intel, Beatnik,
Kyocera and TTPCom, as well as licensed third-party applications and
content by UIEvolution, nGame, Upoc, ActiveBuddy, Pumatech and SEVEN.

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