[Disclaimer: this post is about some work my company did. So you can't expect anything unbiased in here ;)]
So... one big thing I didn't get to write about last week was Trutap going into beta at the TechCrunch conference in the US. We've been working on the product all year; a lot of sweat's gone into it (and there's more on the way), so it's good to be able to talk publicly (ish) about it now.
Scale-wise it's the largest thing we've ever built, along almost every axis: time, team size, complexity, capability, and application size. Like everything we do in J2ME, the product is built on a foundation our Cactus platform provides for rapid mobile development, and the dev team have pushed it further than ever before: Trutap has an almost Flash-like in appearance (particularly some of the private builds we have which contain a few additional tweaks). We've done a lot of hard work on communications, optimisation and storage too - not all of which is immediately visible, or launched yet. If I can get permission I might write a post detailing some of the ways we've squeezed this into contemporary handsets, or about the development process: lots of lessons learned there across the board, but all behind the obligatory NDA.
And experience-wise it's slick; my favourite part is the in-built IM client which is gorgeous, dirt simple, and lets you handle simultaneous chats across all your different IM accounts (Yahoo!, MSN, Jabber and ICQ - with more to follow)... and nicest of all you can do this whilst updating your blog, managing your contacts, or messaging.
The product isn't finished yet: we've a busy month ahead getting ready for a full UK launch, and even after then we've a roadmap for further development. But a big "yay!" to the team at Future Platforms (Miss Lozdan and Messrs Hopper, Franglen, Skinner, Ribot, and Falletti: that's you) who've made this possible, and are carrying on the good work :)
(If you're interested in getting onto the pre-launch beta, drop me an email and I'll let you know a super secret beta code you can use. Or check out the demos online if you like.)