JavaFX port to iOS/Android status

John C. Turnbull ozemale at
Sun Apr 21 00:08:49 PDT 2013

Hi Richard,

I knew nothing about XMLVM but my first cursory looks suggests it is nothing
more than a way to represent a byte-code based application in a generic way
so that it may be easily ported to any architecture.  Given that the JVM
itself is not actually a Java byte-code application, how is this going to
help with porting it?

Getting JavaFX to run on Dalvik may be an easier option but I have heard
rumours that Google are seriously looking to remove Java (and "Java-like"
technologies such as Dalvik) from all their products in response to the
legal wrangling with Oracle.  I expect Java support in their software will
be deprecated and eventually phased-out altogether with GWT's Java
fundamentals for example being replaced with Dart and so on.  I wouldn't be
surprised to see the Android SDK being based on C++ in the not so distant
future (or maybe even yet another "new" language).  And it's not just Oracle
that Google has in its sights with the recent news that they are abandoning
WebKit in favour of Blink which would appear to be driven more from its
competition with Apple that any genuine technological need.  Don't worry, I
know you cannot comment on any of these issues ;-)

I am going to do my own research into what is available that may be suitable
to form the basis of an iOS/Android VM capable of running JavaFX
applications and will report back when I have some concrete results.


-----Original Message-----
From: Richard Bair [mailto:richard.bair at] 
Sent: Saturday, 20 April 2013 11:32
To: John C. Turnbull
Cc: openjfx-dev at
Subject: Re: JavaFX port to iOS/Android status

The remainder of the iOS and Android code is slated to go out (along with
the rest of Prism) early next week if all goes well. But these ports don't
include a VM, so somebody from "the outside" is going to have to get it up
and running on Dalvik or XMLVM or something. Certainly *not* an
insurmountable challenge for one so motivated ;-)


On Apr 19, 2013, at 5:38 PM, John C. Turnbull <ozemale at>

> What's the status of the JavaFX port to iOS and Android?  Has anyone 
> got seriously involved and started to make progress?  Is there someone 
> who is overseeing the project that I can contact?
> Thanks,
> -jct

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