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Webtide creates server for Google's Android platform

Webtide, the developer of HTTP server and Java Web container Jetty, has created a Web and application server designed to operate on Google's Android mobile platform.

Android is an open source software stack for mobile phones with an operating system, middleware and key applications based on Linux and Java.

"Jetty is the server, the provider of common services for Java applications, that is most adaptable to new environments," said Adam Lieber, CEO of Webtide. "Android's adoption will be greatly increased if developers can use their existing skills in developing for known servers. Webtide is glad to increase both the adoption of Android and the Jetty community's access."

Webtide specializes in supporting and serving scalable Web 2.0 applications using Java, Ajax, and Comet.

The port of Jetty on Android is named i-Jetty. The Jetty servlet on Android lets users serve data stored on the phone within a browser window. It also adds let users modify and save changes, view and listen to multimedia files and make phone calls.

With these features, users access information on their phones from more familiar Web browsers running on their usual computers over Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 3G networks.

Google, T-Mobile, HTC, Qualcomm, Motorola and other Open Handset Alliance members have collaborated on the development of Android, an open and comprehensive platform for mobile devices (see story).

Android's launch is a response to the fact that nearly 3 billion people in the world own a mobile phone. These devices have become the most personal and omnipresent communications device.

I-Jetty will be available on Google Code at

"Developers may want to be able to port an existing Java application," Mr. Lieber said. "This will allow them to do that quickly.

"Alternatively, they may want a fast way to view status of a device or an application on the device," he said. "With Jetty, they can do both through standard Web-based methods. This will make more applications available faster and make them more manageable."