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  • IBM Japan Develops Java-Enabled Smart Phone
  • September 24, 1998 (TOKYO) -- IBM Japan Ltd. exhibited a prototype of its Java-enabled smart phone at the IBM Fair '98, held Sept. 16-18 at the Makuhari Messe in Chiba prefecture.
    IBM Japan plans to market the product as a new class of receiver to enable communication services via the Internet.

    The smart phone is a telephone handset that provides Internet access and is equipped with a screen. Users can connect to the Internet and display Web contents such as an electronic phone book, the company said.

    IBM Japan has incorporated a Java Virtual Machine in the smart phone so that users can download Java applets via the Internet and run them automatically.

    Other companies, including Northern Telecom Ltd. (Nortel) of Canada, have announced plans to develop easy-to-use Web phone devices that can run Java applets without the user having to manage any application software.

    The IBM Japan prototype features the company's own HTML 3.2-compliant "WebBoy for Java" browser. WebBoy for Java requires 3MB of RAM and 8MB of ROM containing a real-time operating system and a Java Virtual Machine, a company spokesman said.

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    Updated: Wed Sep 23 18:15:11 1998 PDT