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MIDP3.0, overview of a right Android rival

Absolutely amazing, the new MIDP3.0 will bring us powerful and cool features for future mobile software. The new java platform will be released next Q2 2008, some months before Android.

Most remarkable MIDP3.0 enhancements are animated GIF, support for multiple orientations (landscape / portrait), scale / rotation of the images…

Especially there are a some features that will make a difference in the user experience:

Code shared between MIDlets. As studio or company, all your games or applications have common parts (key management, 3D engine, text management…), from MIDP3.0 these parts of code will remain common and outside your developments, don’t worry about these common features. All your games or applications will reuse it in a shared and secure environment inside the phone

MIDP3.0 phones will be able to launch a MIDlet once the phone is initialised.
This feature will let to a concrete brand to distribute (free or not) a mobile handset that launches an on line shop offering the last products.
I can imagine a gameloft phone that once is turned on displays its own menu plenty of new updated demo games ready to play, your fave games, buttons for call, messaging… Funny !
2009 – 2010 is going to be years for handset personalisation, brands will have the needed tools to offer consumers its own custom phones.

IMC (Inter MIDLet communication)
Launch a MIDlet from another MIDlet, ok that’s cool. If one MIDlet can launch another I can create a game that launches other games, or one game that launches different levels and one level is a completely different java development.

Download configuration files stored in the phone and shared by your MIDlets.
What remains the same across games and applications ? The player or user.
Player and user profile information (photo, alias …) is stored in servers. This feature will let to download and share this information for all the games or applications from a concrete publisher.

2008 will bring us Android and MIDP3.0, it is gonna be a mobile revolution and we are going to see spectacular mobile software.



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Cityscape LocativeLab.org is Ronald Lenz's research website on locative & mobile media. This is mostly an archive of blogposts I find inspiring and interesting and an overview of my work. I'm a strategist, technologist and researcher in the field of Location-Based Mobile Services and work at Waag Society, a medialab in Amsterdam, The Netherlands where I head the Locative Media research program and at 7scenes, a platform for GPS games and tours as creative director. Picture 4 Find me at Twitter, LinkedIn or via ronald [at] waag [dot] org.

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