Motorola: It’s All About ME


You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension – a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind. You’re moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas. You’ve just crossed over into the Twilight Zone.

Motorola announced today broader Java ME ecosystem support to establish a complete Java Micro Edition software stack under the Apache License Version 2.0. Java ME has become a popular option for creating games for cell phones, as they can be emulated on a PC during the development stage and easily uploaded to the phone. This contrasts with the difficulty of developing, testing, and loading games for gaming platforms like Nintendo and Sony that require expensive, system-specific hardware and software. There are dozens of J2ME Freeware applications.

Motorola will work to align its future around Java ME and Apache’s model of licensing. The plan is to create more universal ‘Write Once, Run Everywhere’ applications.

“We’re very excited Motorola has decided to adopt the Apache model as part of the company’s ongoing efforts to open the Java ME platform,” said Geir Magnusson Jr, vice president, JCP for the Apache Software Foundation.

“We believe developers, customers, partners and the industry at large will benefit from a new open source model,” said Mark VandenBrink, senior director and chief platform architect, Motorola Mobile Devices business. “Aided by Apache’s Tomcat Server and new projects such as Apache Harmony, we hope to help developers create and quickly deliver innovative applications to market.”

Smartphones may run on Symbian OS, Palm OS or Windows Live for Mobile but cross-platform incompatiblity limits applications. Flash Lite for Windows Mobile 5.0 is compatible with Flash Lite for BREW but BREW generally runs on CDMA phones. Java ME should help both developers and users, enabling more and better applications on more platforms.

The open source SVG Tiny (Scalable Vector Graphics), as in this Opera demo, is suitable for highly restricted mobile devices. Macromedia Flash Lite also supports Mobile SVG-T (Tiny) playback in addition to its native Flash content. The second open source profile, SVG Basic (SVGB) is targeted for higher level mobile devices. Here’s a list of phones that come equipped with SVG Tiny. SVG.org has more.

Motorola is an active member in organizations like Java_Community_Process (JCP), Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) and the Open Source community. Motorola says it was the first manufacturer to bring Java technology-enabled handsets to the North American market in 2001. In 2003, Motorola combined open technologies in the A760, the world’s first Linux+Java handset. Linux Devices has more.

AJAX World Magazine explains the difference between Java ME and Mobile AJAX.

Mobile AJAX is focused on interactivity and connectivity; but the problem is that the services that extend effectively to mobile will be those that successfully harness the mobile platform and its capabilities. Some of these include SMS/MMS, multimedia capture, interactive multimedia playback, location, Bluetooth, etc. Java Micro Edition (Java Me) defines all APIs through an open, formal and consensual process which is centralized. When a requirement for a particular API is identified – location-based services, say – the various stakeholders (operator, device manufacturer, content developer, technology provider, etc) form an expert group to develop the API and associated resources and make it available to the industry. Winners of the Flash Lite Application contest supply inspiration.

The OpenAjax Alliance is an organization of vendors, open source projects, and companies using Ajax for open and interoperable Web technologies. Practical Ajax Projects with Java Technology could be right around the corner.

CBS is using a tiny stand-alone Bluetooth box from Kameleon Technologies (above) called the Mobizone to deliver television clips to cellphones.

Java ME games and applications are available on-line from Agile Mobile, Midlet-Review, Click Gamer, Download Juntion, ZGroup Mobile and Multiplayer Games Portal.

Pathfinder says right now there’s lots of positioning with regard to Ajax and mobile, but not a lot of action. For Google’s mobile version of its innovative Ajax maps application, for example, they didn’t go with Ajax but instead deployed a J2ME app.

David Heinemeier Hansson (right) of 37 Signals is the producer of Ruby on Rails (wikipedia), an open-source tool that makes it easier to use the Ruby programming language. RoR has made it dramatically faster and cheaper to build dynamic websites.

It’s enabled today’s crop of Web 2.0 companies like Odeo which allows users to record and share audio using simple, browser-based tools. Odeo even offers a component that gives mobile users the ability to record a podcast from their mobile phone.

Related DailyWireless articles on Web 2.0 Applications include Municipal Wireless Flash Applications, CBS Bluetooth Poster, Offline Wikipedia, Newspaper Manifesto and The Semantic Web.

It’s Alive! Take charge and move out.

Comments on 700 MHz Spectrum Sharing?


Jeffrey Silva of RCR News says after six months, the FCC has put Cyren Call’s plan for sharing 700 MHZ out for comment:

Six months after receiving Cyren Call’s plan for a public-safety wireless broadband network the private sector would build and share with first responders, the FCC is now asking for public comment on the controversial initiative.

The plan, which pushes for additional public-safety spectrum, has attracted support from police, firefighters and medics, and has prompted the wireless industry to offer a number of alternatives.

Comments are due at the FCC in late November.

Cyren Call wants the FCC to create a Public Safety Broadband Trust to hold a license for a 30 megahertz chunk of the 700 MHz band worth billions of dollars. The 30 megahertz sought by Cyren Call is different from the 24 megahertz at 700 MHz Congress earmarked for public safety.

Cyren Call has a relatively small window to make its case and win any necessary regulatory and legislative approvals, says RCR News. “Congress will have the final say over how best to use this valuable spectrum resource,” said Cyren Call Chairman, Morgan O’Brien.

The Cyren Call proposal has spawned competitors for the 700 MHz space.

Verizon Wireless, which uses CDMA technology, has an alternative solution that would use 12 of the 24 megahertz for a public-safety network that could utilize Verizon Wireless’ infrastructure.

CTIA, the national cell phone association, is also examining whether it can develop a plan for commercial/public-safety sharing.

IPWireless thinks its UMTS TD-CDMA technology can be used for public-safety. They and Northrop Grumman plan to deploy the technology in New York City as part of a $500 million public-safety communications contract.

Related DailyWireless stories include; 700-mhz Spectrum Grab, New 700MHz Rules?, NYC’s Huge Safety Net, Joint Commecial/Muni Proposed for 700Mhz and Sprint: It’s WiMAX!.

Phantom of the Opera


Pity comes too late, turn around and face your fate: An eternity of this before your eyes!
The Phantom

LikeTelevision, the vintage television and movie site, is showing The Phantom of the Opera. This early silent film made in 1925 stars Lon Chaney as the Phantom. Search Engine Journal has more Halloween treats.

Speaking of Opera, some microbrowsers on cellphones can handle latest techologies like CSS 2.1 and Ajax. Ajax, shorthand for Asynchronous JavaScript and XML, is a web development technique for creating interactive web applications.

Opera works on Smartphones & PDAs, Mobile phones, Nintendo DS & Wii, Sony Mylo and most anything else that moves.

The open source SVG Tiny (Scalable Vector Graphics), as in this Opera demo, is suitable for highly restricted mobile devices. Macromedia Flash Lite also supports Mobile SVG-T (Tiny) playback in addition to its native Flash content. The second open source profile, SVG Basic (SVGB) is targeted for higher level mobile devices. Here’s a list of phones that come equipped with SVG Tiny. SVG.org has more.

Mobile AJAX is the new, new thing. Check out the latest Opera Widgets. Make a Widget for your Municipal Wireless Cloud and freak everyone out. Metacafe, one of the top 10 video-sharing sites, pays $5 to video creators for every 1,000 times their video is watched. Sell it to Ailing Newspapers and make a fortune.

XM-4 Gets Up



Sea Launch successfully delivered an XM-4 broadcast satellite to geosynchronous transfer orbit (GTO) yesterday. Early data indicate the spacecraft is accurately positioned and in excellent condition.

The XM Satellite, a Boeing 702, carries a high-power S-band Digital Audio Radio Service (DARS) payload provided by Alcatel Alenia Space.

Like the three XM satellites currently in orbit, XM-4 will support XM Radio’s direct broadcast of digital radio programming to cars, homes and portable radios throughout the continental United States and Canada. Space Systems/Loral is building XM-5, their ground spare.

XM-4 has a number of upgrades including a bi-propellant back up to its Xenon Ion Propulsion System (XIPS). Equipped with advanced triple junction solar cells, the satellite is designed to generate 18 kilowatts of power at start of service and 15.5 kilowatts at the end of its 15-year design life. The satellite’s improved power could provide more robust reception for portable devices.

This is Sea Launch’s fourth successful launch for XM Satellite Radio, completing previous missions in March 2001, May 2001 and February 2005. XM-4 will replace two co-located XM satellites at 115 degrees.

XM had a problem with the first two. XM 1 and 2 (Rock and Roll), were deployed in 2001 before Boeing engineers discovered a crippling design flaw that degrades the power-generating capacity. XM 3 and 4 spacecraft (Rhythm and Blues) are revised models designed to replace their two predecessors. In July 2004, XM reached agreement with insurers that covered 80% of the amount insured or about $142 million. SpaceFlight Now and Orbitcast have additional details.

Alcatel Alenia Space, the result of a merger between Paris and Rome-based companies, continues to reap the benefits of its decision to build satellites that have no components subject to U.S. State Department export approval. That leaves Alcatel free to serve the Chinese market virtually by itself, and resulted in the Chinasat 6B satellite contract.

In other space news, a Chinese rocket launched a direct broadcast satellite last Saturday. A Long March 3B rocket placed the SinoSat-2 spacecraft into a geosynchronous transfer orbit where it will supply DBS service thoughout the country at 92.2 degrees east. With 22 Ku-band transponders on board, SINOSAT-2 is the first spacecraft based on China’s domestic high power satellite bus.

The launch comes just four days after a Long March 4B vehicle carried two Shijian 6 space experiment satellites into orbit, and marks the 93rd launch by China.

DailyWireless has more on Antennas In Space, Satellite Jam, Eutelsat HotBird 8, HDTV from Aircraft, China/US Space News, and MediaFLO Gets Satellite Backbone.

60GHz Comes Home



C/Net reports that several leading consumer electronics companies are working together to develop a new standard for transmitting high-definition audio and video signals wirelessly.

The WirelessHD interface would enable high-speed streaming of audio and video content at 60 GHz between televisions, DVD players, games and other portable devices. The group plans to release the specification in spring 2007.

WirelessHD will use unlicensed 60GHz radios to send uncompressed HDTV at 5 gigabits per second at distances of up to 30 feet. It is supported by LG, Matsushita (Panasonic), NEC, Samsung, Sony, Toshiba and semiconductor maker SiBeam, spun off from the Berkeley Wireless Research Center. How that technology will be made available to other chip makers remains to be seen.

While most other wireless audio and video transmissions occur in the 2.4GHz-to-5GHz range, WirelessHD says neither will allow the fast transmition speeds required for high-definition content. The experience will be the same as using a high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI) or digital video interface (DVI) cable says the group.

Up to now, the 60GHz band has been too costly, but breakthroughs in CMOS manufacturing have made it practical for consumers, according to WirelessHD.

WirelessHD will have competition from at least two other wireless approaches, including MIMO-based WiFi (802.11n) at 5.8 GHz and ultra wideband (UWB) technology. Analog Devices plans to use JPEG2000 video-compression on UWB to send HD content between televisions and other computer electronics devices.

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Voice over BreezeMAX



Alvarion, today announced the availability of primary voice services over WiMAX, enabled by the latest edition of Alvarion’s BreezeMAX, a WiMAX Certified system.

Delivering primary voice services using existing infrastructure allows incumbents and competitive local exchange carriers (CLECs) to adopt WiMAX as their basic network strategy, says Alvarion. They claim to be the first commercial WiMAX system to support V5.2 interfaces so it can interface directly with both legacy and next generation voice networks.

Over the past few months, the primary voice services of BreezeMAX have been tested with carriers in Africa and South America, and approved as interoperable with various vendors’ Class 5 switches. As a result of these trials, two operators in Africa are today leveraging their TDM switches by deploying this BreezeMAX voice and data solution. In addition, operators in Latin America are evaluating the solution for deployment in urban areas to cover unserved areas.

Primary voice over WiMAX capability is of particular interest to innovative challengers looking to provide voice services, along with broadband, to areas with little or no existing telecom infrastructure. Commercially available in an outdoor version today, the new CPE will be available as an indoor, self-install version in Q2 2007.