October 04, 2011, 5:32 PM — Oracle on Tuesday showed JavaFX rich client software running on both an Apple iPad and a Google Android-based Samsung Galaxy tablet, along with introducing a separate project using HTML5 to bring Java to Apple's iOS platform, called Project Avatar.
The company at the JavaOne conference in San Francisco also cited intentions to converge its Java ME (Micro Edition) platform, which puts Java on mobile devices, with Java SE (Standard Edition). Oracle also said it was delaying until 2013 the release of Java SE 8; it had been due next year.
Java has been barred from Apple's iOS devices, thanks to Apple's official policy not allowing third-party technologies, such as Flash Player or Java, on the units. But a brief demonstration showed a JavaFX game running on an iPad. This effort effectively puts Java on iOS but is still in a developmental mode. "We want to hear from the community. If this is something you want to see, we're happy to make it a priority," said Nandini Ramani, vice president of development in the Oracle Fusion Middleware Group. The Samsung Android device ran the demo as well, although Oracle referred to the device as a "Linux" unit without mentioning Android. Oracle is suing Google over Android, alleging patent violations.
JavaFX will be offered via open source, including the framework and components. Oracle's direction for JavaFX pleased analyst Al Hilwa, of IDC. "Overall I like what I am seeing in the way JavaFX is moving. Turning it into a framework to be used from within Java is definitely a better approach. I like open sourcing it. I would love to see it bring Java back into a tool for cross-platform mobile development."