New mobile OS allows Java programming for mobile apps

Mike Pontacoloni

At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week Qualcomm announced the market launch of Brew Mobile Platform. Brew Mobile Platform, known as Brew MP, is positioned as an operating system for mobile phones, including smart phones. It is based on the Brew mobile application development framework, which was first released by Qualcomm in 2001. Brew MP will run any application developed in the Brew framework.

Brew MP will incorporate a Java Virtual Machine, allowing Java programs to run on all Brew MP enabled phones. Previously, Java programs would run on phones with Brew only if the mobile phone had a Java Virtual Machine separately installed. In addition to Java, Brew has long supported programming in C and C++. New to Brew MP is support for Adobe Flash Lite, which will give programmers the ability to create rich media applications on the platform.

The Brew MP platform will be openly available for manufacturers and operators. Telecommunications provider AT&T has said that it will offer phones built on Brew MP beginning in summer 2010. Verizon and Sprint have offered phones that support the Brew framework for several years.

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