SAN FRANCISCO, CA, USA - Nokia, a leading provider of connected, multiplayer Java games, and Sun Microsystems, Inc. today announced the inclusion of Nokia's Scalable Network Application Package (SNAP) Mobile APIs in the beta release of the Sun Java Wireless Toolkit (version 2.3), formerly known as the J2ME Wireless Toolkit. For the first time, Sun's Java Wireless Toolkit incorporates a third-party developer application as part of the toolkit's External API feature.
Together, Nokia and Sun are offering the thousands of worldwide Java game developers powerful client-side APIs, based on the Nokia SNAP Mobile platform, for development and creation of sophisticated, community-enabled, multiplayer Java games. The APIs provide efficient, scalable, server-based multiplayer game data distribution, versatile matchmaking, including ranked, freestyle and challenge modes, as well as community features such as chat, friends list, presence and support for tournaments.
"The integration of SNAP Mobile technology into the Sun Java Wireless Toolkit provides a robust and reliable mobile multiplayer gaming solution that will streamline the development and deployment of Java-based multiplayer games," said Chris Mellisinos, Chief Gaming Officer, Sun Microsystems. "Until now, the growth of this exciting sector has been slowed by technical barriers and network connectivity. Sun Java Wireless Toolkit with Nokia's SNAP Mobile APIs addresses these issues by removing technological uncertainty while allowing operators, service providers, and game developers to concentrate on their core competencies rather than the underlying technologies."
"We are extremely proud that Sun chose to incorporate our SNAP Mobile APIs in the version 2.3 release of the Sun Java Wireless Toolkit," said Lisa Waits, Head of Nokia's SNAP Mobile. "As a leading mobile games provider, we are keenly interested in reducing fragmentation in the industry. Better scalability and stronger infrastructure systems will enable developers everywhere to expand the Java gaming experience through connecting gamers and more fully utilizing the power of Java."
Nokia will be showing several multiplayer Java games built on the Nokia SNAP Mobile platform at this year's JavaOne conference in San Francisco.
Nokia is a world leader in mobile communications, driving the growth and sustainability of the broader mobility industry. Nokia connects people to each other and the information that matters to them with easy-to-use and innovative products like mobile phones, devices and solutions for imaging, games, media and businesses. Nokia provides equipment, solutions and services for network operators and corporations. www.nokia.com
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