Speaking at a recent conference, Forum Nokia VP Tom Libretto, confirmed that the Finnish telecom giant has a new touchscreen device in the pipeline, tentatively called "Tube" (details and pics at symbian-freak.com.) In marked contrast to Apple, it appears that Nokia is embracing standards, and the Nokia Tube will likely have Java inside from the start! Even though Sun VP, Eric Klein, announced officially that Sun intends to support Java on the iPhone, Apple's cooperation (or lack thereof) could still be a problem for Java on the iPhone.
Speaking about the Apple competition, Libretto had this to say about 6 million iPhones having been shipped so far, "We've done that [volume] since we've had dinner on Friday."
Confident? Cocky? Whatever it is, Nokia ships a LOT of phones (over a million per day), and they are sure to heat up the competition in the market segment for more advanced mobile devices. Apple may recently be warming up to third-party developers with their forthcoming iPhone SDK, but IMO they are only bending to market pressures. They showed their true colors when they launched with iPhone locked up tight - thank goodness for hackers!
So, which version of Java would you actually want or expect or devices like Nokia Tube and Apple's iPhone? We can't seriously be talking about old school J2ME, can we?