Monday, June 30, 2008

Public Resources about Mobile OSGi

Interested in Mobile OSGi? This collection of public links and resources might help you getting around the net and finding the best resources.

Mobile OSGi Stacks

If you want to start playing around with Mobile OSGi, here is were you find the stacks. There two types of stack you will come across:
  1. Integrated Mobile OSGi stack that includes all of the below mentioned pieces
    (a) OSGi framework plus Mobile services (and in some cases eRCP), ideally it is compliant to the OSGi Mobile Specification (aka JSR 232)
    (b) platform integration code (this is the part that ties OSGi nicely into the underlying OS. This integration is required for seamless user experiences during download, installation, launching of apps and also for other reasons like security etc)
    (c) CDC/FP VM
    These type of stacks are off-the-shelf kind of solutions due to their ready to install nature.
  2. Java-only Mobile OSGi stack which is typically only (a) from the list above. This type of stack requires manual integration of a VM, porting on the target device, etc. Thus, I call this type has more the flavour of a SDK.

For Win Mobile:
  • Download a ready to use and well integrated stack (type (1) stack coming with eval license) from Sprint Developer Site (delivered as an installable cab file). It contains a J9 CDC/FP VM, all sorts of services, eRCP and MIDP support and is highly optimized.
  • A Java only type of stack with full JSR 232 compliance, called mBedded Server Mobile Extension, you can get from ProSyst
  • A basic eRCP stack for WinMobile 2003, 5 and 6 you can obtain from the Eclipse eRCP Project site (Java-only type of stack, not JSR 232 compliant, not optimized for embedded use)
  • A commercial product based on Mobile OSGi is the IBM Lotus Expeditor that comes with a blend of added value enterprise services
  • You may also want to contact for more information
For Nokia S60 3.1:
  • A well integrated & ready to use stack (type 1, including eRCP support) is available from Nokia. Write an email to and ask for it.
  • You may also want to contact for more information
For Android:
  • The richest OSGi port (type 2) for Android is probably the one from ProSyst which you can pick up for free from here. Although it contains lot's of OSGi services, it is not fully JSR 232 compliant (yet). I also recommend to read this blog.
  • The guys from Luminis created the first OSGi port for Android which is based on the Apache Felix project. Find information here.
  • The Eclipse Equinox OSGi framework has been ported as well (by BJ Hargrave from IBM), not sure if that is available anywhere, though.
For Brew:
  • The first Mobile OSGi port for the Brew platform is currently under construction, more information you can obtain from .
OSGi for Apple iPhone:
  • You show me and I owe you a beer! Nonetheless, investigations are going on...

Presentations, Tutorials, Articles

General Presentations covering Mobile OSGi aspects:
  • Nokia's developer presentation at EclipseCon 2008
  • Sprint's Titan Introduction presentation
  • Sprint's developer tutorials
  • Jon Bostrom's presentation on Sprint Titan and Mobile Rich Internet Applications (he named them Rich MobileNet Applications)
  • My presentation about Mobile OSGi's value prop for mobile enterprise developers (from OSGi Community Event 2008)
  • Various eRCP related documents
  • Basic OSGi developer guides from ProSyst (refer to Getting Started menu)
  • Gabor's blog about how to write eRCP apps for the Sprint Titan platform
  • Jon Bostrom's article Next Mobile Java based on CDC/OSGi Technology for Universal Middleware

  • Most complete Mobile OSGi toolset based on the Eclipse IDE can be obtained from Sprint. It contains all sorts of tools for developing eRCP apps, debugging, profiling, creating DPs, on-target deployment and execution, remote console, etc.
  • Mobile OSGi specific tools are provided by ProSyst. A free version of the mToolkit is available as here.
  • Obviously, the Eclipse Project in general is a great place to look for advanced tools.
  • Sun also offers a toolset for the Sprint Titan platform here.


I have come across Mobile OSGi related postings in the following blogs (but obviously they all deal with other interesting topics as well):
  • Gábor Pécsy's Blog
  • ProSyst's Blog
  • Ove Nordstroem's Blog
  • Gorkem Ercan's Blog
  • David Beers' article on mobile OSGi, here
  • David Beers' Blog
  • OSGi Blog

Do you know any other good resources? Please let me know!

Jo Ritter


Anonymous said...

I'll have a Peroni, thanks. :)

Benjamin Muskalla said...

I'd go for a corona ;-)

Jo Ritter said...

Both of you get a double Long Island Iced Tea if you can justify what the value is of having OSGi on iPhone.

Cell Phone Jammers said...

Well!!! After reading it, I will start reading more about OSGi, and will look for another app server so; can I add a question to this interview? How about flex? How OSGi on server side can helps flex Applications?


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