Today, the Unified Testing Initiative (UTI), home to the Java Verified program, announced that UTI has become an independent organization.
Oracle and the UTI management board, which consists of representatives from AT&T, LG, Motorola, Nokia, Oracle, Orange, Samsung, Sony Ericsson and Vodafone, have been collaborating for the past year to ensure the new self-governing and self-funded organization meets the quality assurance requirements of mobile application developers worldwide.
Signaling this new chapter, UTI has appointed an Executive Director who will be responsible for all UTI program management, with financial and legal support provided by the standards organization, IEEE-ISTO.
UTI will continue to provide Java Platform Micro Edition (Java ME) developers and the mobile industry with testing and resources for delivering more quality mobile applications to market faster. Java ME is the world's most broadly deployed mobile runtime, utilized by nine of the top 10 handset manufacturers and powers nearly three billion phones in over 150 countries worldwide.
As an independent organization, UTI has increased flexibility for more easily adding new capabilities and functionality to the Java Verified program. This new structure also lays the foundation for UTI to quickly develop, implement and manage new quality assurance programs for mobile application developers, carriers and handset manufactures working across the mobile ecosystem.
UTI also announced the appointment of Ruth Cattell as the organization's first Executive Director.
An updated Java Verified website is also online offering new features for Java ME developers. These enhancements are designed to make it easier for Java ME developers to test mobile applications in the Java Verified program. The new site allows developers to find relevant information more quickly and includes educational and "how to" videos featuring Java Verified experts discussing a wide range of topics.
Enhancements released today include an updated version of the Testing and Signing Portal featuring an improved user interface. Also available today is an automated version of the Java Verified device matrix, which includes all of the handsets and devices Java Verified supports. The automated device matrix makes it faster for manufactures to add new devices and handsets to the matrix, and easier for developers to locate the devices they should test their applications against. The device calculator allows developers to price testing before they begin the application testing process.