Sony Ericsson has made their Project Capuchin SDK available to developers. The SDK consists of a set of tools and documents to refer to and use while developing content.
1. Swf2Jar 1.1, Project Capuchin packaging tool and user guide
2. Sony Ericsson Project Capuchin APIs
3. Project Capuchin Product Information document
4. Project Capuchin API Java documents
5. Sony Ericsson SDK for the Java ME Platform
6. Getting started with Project Capuchin for Flash Lite and Java developers
Testing content may not be possible now because the first Project Capuchin device – the C905 Cybershot handset, is yet to launch. The Sony Ericsson emulator too cannot read the Project Capuchin jar file as yet. I assume the reason being that the C905 handset comes under the Java Platform 8 sub category (JP 8.4), for which the device skin is yet to be released (sub category JP 8.0 is available).
But having downloaded and worked a little with the tools, I can say that it looks very interesting. What this means for Flash developers is, being able to overcome the many challenges of the Flash Lite API. This includes talking to Service APIs (Sensor, Messaging, Calender, Bluetooth) using the Java classes, ease in distribution of content as the packaging of a swf as a Java application can use the existing Java infrastructure and backend and be deployed in the same way.
Many mobile developers will also see it as a way to develop Java applications using Flash as a presentation layer and Java for application logic thus coming up with a richer and robust application.
Overall it looks like a good time to start working on Sony Ericsson devices, because we now see a way to extend the Flash API while communicating with Java. I hope I can publish some thoughts of mine as I work with it.