Cellphone Java App Emulator On Javascript/HTML5

Before smartphone, there were feature phone applications. Java MIDP is one of the application environment used on Softbank/Wilcom/KDDI au in Japan, and also on Motorola feature phone, etc. Android is known to use Java-derived environment. Google made different virtual machine Dalvik with avoiding using Sun’s(and now Oracle’s) Java, but Java/CLDC profile MIDP is authentic standard which you could develop cellphon applications.

Because of its long history, there are tons of MIDP applications exist on those cellphone. MIDP is very limited in comparison with Java for regular PCs, but it was well chosen for the limited cellphone environment.

Helped both by hardware and software improvement, a Japanese programmer Yukoba, who says himself as “Virtual machines on JavaScript and ActionScript otaku”, released this “Java MIDP implementation on HTML5 and Flash” at Firefox Developers Conference 2010 in November, where jQuery developer John Resig attended.

His compiler generates JavaScript from MIDP Java class files, so the applications written for feature phone can be run on HTML5 browsers – Firefox. He also developed a compiler to ActionScript, to run it on Internet Explorer 8.

He also launched a showcase-site where you may play about 20 games and utilities made on Java MIDP.

He seems to be working on improvement of the emulator now. As I said above, there are a lot of MIDP application resources in Japan so it is good to run them on the modern web browsers.

Browser Nail Art By A Geek Japanese Girl

A Japanese blogger Mamipeko made a geeky challenge [J] on a nail art shop [J] in Ebisu, central Tokyo.

Firefox, Opera and Internet Explorer on her nails,

The shop painter lady only knew “e” icon unfortunately. The one most took time to finish was Firefox.

Google Chrome and Apple Safari are there, too.

Thanks for the tip, @yteppei

Ezo Red Fox May Also Celebrate Firefox’s Upcoming Release

Logo of Mozilla Foundation Logo of Shiretoko Foundation

Mozilla Foundation is now working on the final phase for FireFox 3.5 official release which has a development codename of Shiretoko.   The codename was named after a popular forest area and a national park located in the north-eastern end of Hokkaido island, also registered as a World Heritage.

discovershiretoko

In connection with the meet of the modern convenience and the nature under the same name, Mozilla Japan and an NPO focusing on nature preservation in that area jointly launched a canpaign website called “Discover Shiretoko” on Thursday.   The website has a variety of pictures shooting local ecosystems such as brown bear, Ezo sika deer, Ezo red fox, earless seal and dolphin living in the area.

The two bodies are also running a campaign of distributing banner ads to bloggers for appealing the importance of natural preservation.   These banners shows you a tree, and if you put that on your blog site, the tree will be growing up as your every website visitor goes to the Shiretoko website via the banner.   Campaign participating bloggers can share real-time tree growth state with the others by checking out luxuriance of the virtual forest landscape on the website.  The virtual landscape is always changing in accordance with real weather and sunlight conditions in the area.

Firefox3 Release Party Tokyo

Celebration of new Firefox 3 launch was held at a hotel in Shinagawa, Tokyo, with over 300 people, Mozilla Japan staff, developers, translators, web designers, engineers, bloggers and others.

Contributors, Mozilla’s new CEO John Lilly, Mozilla Japan chairperson Satoko Takita

Firefox Ice Trophy

Firefox3 Ice Trophy

Foxkeh!!, Japan made mascot to appeal Japanese internet users

The next Firefox 3.1 (planned late 2008) code name was recently named “Shiretoko” after Japan’s national park in Hokkaido.

Firefox3 Release press conference

Firefox 3 release press conference was held at Takanawa Prince Hotel, Tokyo Japan.

Satoko TAKITA, chairman of Mozilla Japan gave the first announce of Firefox3 release in the morning at 2:00 a.m. 18th June (in Japan Standard Time), with looking back how they have been updating Mozilla products for years.

Mozilla Japan’s two missions

Firefox occupies 11.8% of browser share in Japanese market. Ms. TAKITA said that two things are important to spread Firefox more. One is to encourage communication among developers between Japan and the world, and the other one is to let Japanese companies use Mozilla’s Open Source technology to assist their development force.

Firefox 3 new features

Mozilla Japan Technical Manager Masayuki NAKANO introduced new features of Firefox3, such like Smart location bar, OS-integrated user interface, improved Add-On manager, HTML5 offline browse, etc .

Default search engines selection for Japan added Wikipedia Japanese and Oshiete goo!, one of the most popular Q and A site (like Yahoo! Answers).

It is also noted that Camellia, Japan made encryption technology is took in the new Firefox.

Camellia

A person from NTT Information Sharing Platform Laboratories explained the newly adopted Camellia encryption technology on Firefox3. Camellia was originally made by Mitsubishi Denki research in 2000, and was explained that is competitive method with leading encryption standard AES.

Firefox no Tomoshibi

Daisuke AKATSUKA, freelance developer who has been involving Firefox Add-On development, talked on his Firefox3 download promotion project “Firefox3 no Tomoshibi” (lights of Firefox3).

On this site, every single Firefox3 download will be visualized on Japan map as a flash. Demo was done with current version Firefox2.

[Update]

The release time is cleared now. 02:00 18th in Japan time.

[Update 2]

I could download it at 01:52.