Mobile operators join Java app testing program

Orange and T-Mobile's T-Mobile Europe unit are the first carriers to join the Java Verified Program, a group formed to ease the approval of Java-based applications for mobile phones and speed them on to carrier networks, Sun Microsystems is set to announce Thursday.

The program, announced at the 3GSM World Congress in February, is intended to give developers and carriers one place to go for certifying that Java applications work correctly on specific mobile phones. By turning to the Java Verified Program, the carriers save themselves the expense of certifying the applications in-house, said Greg Wolff, group marketing manager for mobile systems at Sun. Sun expects a growing number of mobile operators to join the program for this reason, he added. The new members are to be announced in advance of next week's JavaOne conference in San Francisco.

Developers of Java applications for mobile phones can submit their software to the Web site and choose among a number of testing houses to verify it, according to Wolff. Among other things, the testers make sure the program loads and runs correctly on a particular phone, he said. Applications tested under the program bear a digital signature and the Java splash screen to verify to carriers that they have been approved.

The Java Verified Program grew out of the Unified Testing Initiative, launched at JavaOne in 2003 by Sun and mobile phone vendors Nokia, Motorola, Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications and Siemens. Orange and T-Mobile Europe are joining those members on the program.

Orange operates mobile networks in 19 European countries. T-Mobile Europe includes T-Mobile operations in Germany, the U.K., Austria, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic, according to Sun.

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