OKI Electric Industry unveiled “MoBiz Platform Ver. 1.1 for Android” middleware (the software that sits between the OS and application software to facilitate communication between servers and databases on a network) for developing mobile business applications for Android smart phones and tablets for the Japanese market. OKI upgraded its existing middleware “MoBiz Platform” to accommodate Android, expanding the range to cover smart phones and tablets running Android 2.2 or later versions, in addition to smart phones running Windows Mobile 6.5 or later. The MoBiz Platform Ver. 1.1 server will operate on RedHat Enterprise Linux 5 or later. MoBiz Platform Ver. 1.1 is now on sale.

OKI claims that MoBiz Platform Ver. 1.1 will allow developers to create business applications quickly and easily for smart phones and tablets. An optimized three-layer system, which includes a presentation layer (the user interface), an application layer (the business logic), and a data layer (database), realizes a mobile business system that combines the advantages of local applications, like high usability unaffected by telecommunications environment, with the advantages of web applications, while duly accounting for issues related to data security and the dependability of various mobile phone models.

"[MoBiz Platform Ver. 1.1 for Android] allows the development of applications with general Web application technologies like JavaEE, HTML, and JavaScript, and frees system developers from the need to master specialized technical skills for each mobile system." said Yuichiro Hiranuma, general manager of Software Center, IT Solutions and Services Business Division at OKI.

MoBiz Platform Ver.1.1 for Android consists of MoBiz Platform Client (installed on the terminal) and MoBiz Platform Server (installed on the server). It will be available as system consignments for enterprises. Also, sales of the MoBiz Platform will be available to systems developers.

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