Friday, September 12, 2008

New G705: web-enabled phone supporting Project Capuchin

On September 9, 2008, Sony Ericsson announced the new G705 phone – an elegant slider-style phone designed to deliver a premium web experience. The G705 is the second phone to support Sony Ericsson's Project Capuchin API and takes the number of phones supporting Sony Ericsson's Java™ Platform 8 (JP-8) and the Mobile Services Architecture (MSA) umbrella standard (JSR 248) to 20.

G705 in more detail
The Sony Ericsson G705 is a HSDPA slider-format phone designed to deliver a premium web experience. The G705 features a full HTML browser, Wi-Fi, web short-cut key for direct access to Google™ search, illuminated internet keypad short-cuts, landscape browsing with autorotation and RSS feed support.

The G705 also features a 320x240 pixel 262K TFT QVGA display, 3.2 megapixel camera, 120MB internal memory, GPS and a DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) server to connect to compatible devices.

The G705 will be available during Q4 2008. The G705a for the Americas will be available during Q1 2009. The G705u is Sony Ericsson's first Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA) enabled phone and is exclusively available through the operator Orange during Q4 2008.

Mobile Services Architecture (MSA) in 20 phone series
The announcement of the new G705 means that MSA full set can now be found in 20 Sony Ericsson phone series. All JP-8 phones are based on MIDP 2.1 and have the same core JSR set based on the Java umbrella standard MSA (JSR 248).

Sony Ericsson G705.

Sony Ericsson's Java Platform 8 (JP-8) phones are organized in three sub-categories – JP-8 (8.0-8.2), JP-8 (8.3) and JP-8 (8.4). There are currently 20 JP-8 phone series and JP-8.3 represents a sub-group of nine phones with some additional functionality supported by the Content Handler API (JSR 211) and Mobile Sensor API (JSR 256). The JP-8.3 phone models are the C702, C902, G502, T700, TM506, W760, W980, Z780 and Z770.

JP-8.4 is differentiated by including the Project Capuchin API and the new G705 joins the previously announced C905 Cyber-shot™ as Sony Ericsson's two phones that support JP-8.4.

The minor revisions to Sony Ericsson Java Platform 8 (8.1, 8.2) have consisted of minor improvements but 8.3 includes some additional features to cover security domains, PIMChangeListener, Mobile Sensor API (JSR 256) and the Content Handler (JSR 211). Read more>>

Project Capuchin
Sony Ericsson's recently announced Project Capuchin SDK is a set of APIs, a packaging tool, documents and getting-started tutorials that enables developers to bridge the Java™ ME and Adobe® Flash Lite™ programming environments and is available for download from the dedicated Project Capuchin Docs & Tools web section.

Sony Ericsson's Project Capuchin allows developers to combine the richness of both Java ME and Flash Lite by encapsulating Flash Lite content in Java ME applications making content created by Adobe Flash technology appear as Java ME applications.

The Project Capuchin API and the Swf2Jar tool make it possible to use Flash Lite as the presentation layer and Java ME as the application logic, meaning that Flash tools can be used for UI design while still having access to all the phone services available to Java ME.


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