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mwc-2010.gifUPDATE:

It’s that time again … Mobile World Congress is upon us next week.

Sun and Oracle will be present in several locations exhibiting technologies, products, and services focused on communication.

At the Oracle Pavilion (AV #44) there will be demonstrations of the Sun Netra 6000 blades, the Oracle Communications Order and Service Management 7.0 solution, and a number of other products. More information and links can be found in the press release.

The Oracle-Sun booth in hall 8 (#8C55) will be all about mobile and wireless technologies, tools, and programs:

There are also a number of events planned by both Oracle and Sun. Come see us at the booth for more information.

I’ll be at the Oracle-Sun booth every day, so please stop by for a chat or to ask questions.

And finally, MWC is known for it’s parties and networking. I’ll definitely be at Swedish Beers – hope to see you there.

Cheers,

— Terrence

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Things are moving quickly with the Java Store and Java Warehouse. A couple of weeks ago payments were enabled and a number of countries added for the warehouse. Yesterday, another set of enhancements was made live:

  • Users can now create accounts within the Java Store client
  • The Java Store client has been improved with numerous small features, bug fixes, and performance enhancements
  • Developers outside the U.S. can now use the store view feature to preview their apps
  • And the Java Warehouse has been enabled for six new countries: Israel, Belgium, Germany, Poland, Taiwan, and South Korea. The Warehouse is now open in 14 countries.

Developers are really starting to discover the Java Store now – check out some of the new applications available.

music-explorer-fx.png My personal favorite right now is Music Explorer FX – a slick and interactive way to check out your favorite artists, discover new music, and listen to it on-the-fly.
c64-emu.png Or how about some geeky nostalgia? Check out the Commodore C64 emulator JSwing C64 in the Java Store – complete with original font & screen (blue on blue!), BASIC interpreter, and emulated joystick and floppy. Yeah, baby!
javastore-video.png Want to know more? Check out the new, 5 minute introductory video on the Java Warehouse and Java Store.

The Java Store Beta Program has reopened for U.S. residents – try it out if you haven’t done so yet. Or sign up for the Java Warehouse, now open in 14 countries.

Cheers,

— Terrence

newsflash-757208.jpg Just to make sure you don’t miss all the latest news posted to the Java Mobile & Embedded Community home page:

  • Java Roadmap presented at Symbian Exchange
  • Check it out: Project MaiTai – Interactive Artwork
  • Samsung announces Linux smartphone OS
  • Making the classic Web and intranet obsolete?
  • A CNet conversation with Eric Schmidt
  • Ten-hut! Snap to w/snaptu on Java ME
  • Dell unveils first Android-based Mini 3 smartphone
  • Java Store: Now serving payments
  • Microlog V2.2.0 is available for download
  • Instant (Bad) Karma: Symbian’s OS efforts
  • Focus on Java Mobility – Addressing Java ME-specific matters

Cheers,

— Terrence

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UPDATES:

  • 11/17/09: The Java Warehouse is now open to developers in 7 additional countries: UK, Australia, India, China (PRC), Sweden, Brazil, and Russia. See this update on java.sun.com.
  • See also James Gosling’s blog

Java Store: Now serving payments

Last week, PayPal announced their PayPal X Adaptive Payment API. Coinciding with that announcement Sun enabled the Java Store to take advantage of these new payment services.

Starting immediately with the U.S., content developers can price their applications in the Java Store and leverage payment processing by PayPal, resulting in a convenient in-store billing mechanism for customers and developers. Developers receive 70 percent of the purchase price and funds are instantly routed to the developer upon completion of a transaction, thus providing fast monetization and real-time feedback on purchases.

Along with the new billing mechanism, the Java Store Beta desktop client (created in JavaFX) has been updated for an improved look and feel, and simplified navigation. Combined with the already existing “Preview” (tryout) and “Drag-to-Install” functionality the Java Store client now offers a unique and streamlined user experience which makes discovering, trying, and purchasing content very easy.

As a content developer, why chose the Java Store for your desktop application?

  • It’s simple and low-cost: Registering for the Java Store Beta program is straightforward, with a low $50 yearly subscription fee
  • It’s convenient: The Java Warehouse acts as an aggregation point and single repository for your Java content. Submitting your application to the Java Warehouse will handle most of the deployment and distribution details for you
  • It has unparalleled reach: The Java Store will allow more than 800 million Java-powered desktops around the world to connect, offering large-scale discovery and distribution of your applications

Important Note: Currently, the Java Store Beta program and Java Warehouse are limited to U.S. residents. We are working with high priority on enabling access and payment processing outside the U.S. – please be patient while finalize paperwork for different countries around the world. More to come soon.

What about mobile and TV platforms?

A key feature of the Java Store will be the support across multiple platforms, including the desktop, mobile, and TV. With a single entry point (the Java Warehouse) developers will be able to target their content across a wide range of platforms and deployment models – a very compelling option. Stay tuned for forthcoming information.

What next?

Read the announcement details here. Or view the SDN “Deep Dive” video. And try out the Java Store Beta program and the Java Warehouse today (U.S. residents only).

Cheers,

— Terrence

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