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Sony Ericsson brings Java and Flash through Capuchin

Capuchin (as in the hooded cloak for women) is Sony Ericsson's attempt to combine Java and Flash lite on a new platform as the company wants to offer a new toy to the developer's community.

In a statement, the company said, "The new technology and tools make it possible to combine the richness of Flash Lite and Java ME technologies allowing developers to utilize the best attributes of both software stacks to create content-rich mobile applications."

The plan is to allow programmers to embed Flash lite apps into J2ME midlets, trying to combine the elegance and sexiness of Flash lite and the widely supported and more resilient J2ME technology.

A Software Development Kit (SDK) and a set of Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) are set to be released in the second half of this year

Project Capuchin will be demonstrated next week during the JavaOne conference and it is unknown whether Sony Ericsson will allow other phone manufacturer to use it.

It remains a mystery as to why Sony Ericsson chose to spearhead such a project in the first place; it will also be interesting to see if someone manages to replicate the same thing on desktops.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.