Feeds

Nokia pulls memory-gobbling Java overhaul

Updated caffeine fix for S60 5th Edition

Gartner critical capabilities for enterprise endpoint backup

Nokia has completely rewritten its Java implementation for S60 devices, linking the new Java environment with Ovi as well as improving performance at an apparent cost of greater memory consumption.

The new Java implementation is currently a beta release, though no problems have been reported except the additional memory consumption, which could be a problem with only the 5800 and N97 being supported right now; the two devices are already prone to memory shortages.

The new version does launch Java applications faster, which is a welcome development; and apparently runs them faster too, though execution speed of Java apps hasn't particularly been a problem on S60 devices. Indeed, the Java integration of S60 is so good that there's a reasonable argument against doing any native Symbian development at all - unless one needs access to hardware beyond what's available though Java APIs.

Java applications on S60 are largely indistinguishable from native apps, something which is far from true on competing platforms. But this release seems to have more to do with Nokia's online-everything service Ovi than any desire to further improve the Java experience.

The new Java Runtime is integrated with Ovi, offering one-click application installation and automatic updates when Nokia decides to further improve the platform, so Java Runtime versions will no longer be in step with S60 versions - a problem in the short time if discrepancies emerge, but good in the long term as automatic updates should see one version being used by everyone.

The new runtime is available from Nokia Beta Labs, with the normal caveats about running beta software. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
6 Obvious Reasons Why Facebook Will Ban This Article (Thank God)
Clampdown on clickbait ... and El Reg is OK with this
So, Apple won't sell cheap kit? Prepare the iOS garden wall WRECKING BALL
It can throw the low cost race if it looks to the cloud
EE accused of silencing customer gripes on social media pages
Hello. HELLO. Can EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE HEAR ME?!
Time Warner Cable customers SQUEAL as US network goes offline
A rude awakening: North Americans greeted with outage drama
Shoot-em-up: Sony Online Entertainment hit by 'large scale DDoS attack'
Games disrupted as firm struggles to control network
BT customers face broadband and landline price hikes
Poor punters won't be affected, telecoms giant claims
Broadband slow and expensive? Blame Telstra says CloudFlare
Won't peer, will gouge for Internet transit
Netflix swallows yet another bitter pill, inks peering deal with TWC
Net neutrality crusader once again pays up for priority access
prev story

Whitepapers

Best practices for enterprise data
Discussing how technology providers have innovated in order to solve new challenges, creating a new framework for enterprise data.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Advanced data protection for your virtualized environments
Find a natural fit for optimizing protection for the often resource-constrained data protection process found in virtual environments.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?