There's a presentation about Next Generation Java in Nokia platforms given in a Forum Nokia Tech Days event last year in August. I have here an interesting picture from this presentation:
If you read about Nokias S60 platform
"During 2006 the S60 platform will also offer rich UI support matching native capabilities (eSWT) and J2SE compatible API subset (CDC/FP)"
As I understand, Nokia will support Foundation Profile 1.1, but the graphics toolkit is not going to be based on J2ME/Personal Profile & J2ME/Personal Basis Profile, it would be based on eSWT instead.
The J2ME/Personal Profile is essentially a graphics package, a subset of AWT. It is a superset of Basis Profile, which is a graphics packaged based on the Xlet model. Basis Profile is a superset of the Foundation Profile, which supports the basic core classes, but no graphics package.
It look to me that the J2ME/Personal Profile and J2ME/Personal Basis Profiles won't be used anymore on Nokia devices. Instead we're going to have eSWT over Foundation Profile 1.1, that is, you get a (much) better windowing toolkit , but also get a very complete subset of J2SE 1.4.2, which is exactly what J2ME/Personal Profile 1.1 is.
But I am not sure about that, what is your option?
Is J2ME/Personal Profile a dead product?
If companies like Nokia start to not support J2ME/Personal Profile, then J2ME/Personal Profile will be dead product, that is my personal opinion.
update no 1: I agree with the comments from Björn C, JSR-249 should include GUI functions other than what’s in MIDP like eSWT or/and J2ME/Personal Profile.
update no 2: comments from Martin Ryzl, Sun in the Netbeans team: JSR-249 is not about UI toolkit - it's kind of standardization of APIs based on CDC configuration, similar to JSR-248 for CLDC.
Speaking about UI toolkits, you should look at JSR-209 (aka AGUI) which is a subset of Swing for CDC. We will support this technology together with Personal Profile (awt).
eSWT is not a JCP standard, thus it cannot be part of JSR-249 and until it is standardized through jcp process we won't support it.
update no 3: anonymous-comment talk about confusion and I could only agree, for me it look like Nokia will drop support for J2ME/Personal Profile and go for eSWT, if it is correct I don't now, only Nokia now.
update no 4: There are some different UI toolkits for the J2ME/CDC platform.We have awt (Personal Profile), we also have AGUI (JSR-209) which is a subset of Swing for CDC. Both are standardized through the jcp process. Nokia talk about eSWT and it is not a JCP standard, any plans standardized eSWT through the jcp process ? Will Nokia only support eSWT for the J2ME/CDC platform in the future?
I think there it is a little confusing in this UI toolkit area!
I think it would be great if Nokia could clarify this matter.