This Nokia Java ME example is a Reddit client application demonstrating how to port a network and content-intensive utility application from Android to Nokia Asha software platform and Series 40 touch phones.
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This Java ME example application demonstrates how to port a network and content-intensive utility application from Android to Series 40 touch devices.

The application connects to Reddit, a social news service where registered users submit content, typically in the form of a link. Other users then rate the submissions, which affects the ranking and position of the posts on the site's pages and front page.

A simple Android client was first developed and then ported to Series 40. The user flow of the application is kept as similar as possible to illustrate the differences. A number of helper classes were included in order to match the functionality in its Android counterpart.

The clients mostly differ in how the UI is handled: many components used to show content from Reddit are manually laid out using self-made CustomItems in LCDUI-based FormViews.

This application demonstrates:

  • Handling network connections
  • Retrieving and storing data using a JSON REST API
  • Laying out custom view items

This example application is hosted in GitHub:

The original Android application is also hosted in GitHub:

For more information on the implementation and porting, visit the wiki and Java Developer's Library:

1. Usage

The main MIDlet class is a central point for handling the view logic (using a variety of Listener classes). The application requires network connectivity in order to be useful.

2. Prerequisites

  • Java ME basics
  • Java ME threads
  • Java ME networking

3. Project structure and implementation

3.1 Folders

  • The root folder contains the project file, resource files, the license information, and this file (release notes).
  • nbproject folder contains NetBeans project files.
  • res folder contains application images and other assets.
  • src folder contains the Java source code files.

3.2 Important files and classes

File Description
\ Control point for the main UI flow, controlling changes between views using listeners.
...\network\ Base class for networking activities. Handles network threads and cookies.
...\network\ Base class used by all network operations. Specific methods may be overridden to achieve the desired functionality.

3.3 Used APIs

  • Java ME Web Services 1.0
  • Nokia User Interface 1.7
  • Nokia Touch UI

4. Compatibility

Nokia Asha software platform and Series 40 touch phones with CLDC 1.1 and MIDP 2.0.

Tested to work on the Nokia Asha 501, Nokia Asha 311, Nokia Asha 303, Nokia X3-02, and Nokia Asha 308. Developed with NetBeans 7.3 and Nokia Asha SDK 1.0.

4.1 Required capabilities

CLDC 1.1, MIDP 2.0, and the APIs listed in Section 3.3.

4.2 Known issues

  • A Reddit account must be created on to use the features requiring authentication (voting and commenting).
  • The Reddit API might change unexpectedly. A quote from the API documentation: "Changes to this API can happen without warning. (...) The JSON replies can also change without warning."
  • HTTP link URLs contained in comments are currently not accessible.
  • As video playback is not possible, the popular "videos" subreddit is excluded from the default list of categories
  • Scrolling lengthy comments (hundreds of characters) is bound to slow down the framerate.

5. Building, installing, and running the application

5.1 Preparations

Before opening the project, make sure that the Nokia SDK 2.0 or newer for Java is installed and added to NetBeans.

5.2 Building

The project can be easily opened in NetBeans by selecting 'Open Project' from the File menu and selecting the application. Building is done by selecting 'Build main project'.

The project can also be built using Eclipse.

5.3 Series 40 device

Installing the application on a phone can be done by transferring the JAR file via Nokia Suite or over Bluetooth.

5.4 Emulator

The application can be started in the emulator by selecting 'Run Main Project' in NetBeans.

6. Licence

See the licence text file delivered with this project. The licence file is also available online at

7. Related documentation

The Reddit API used is freely available to be used without an API key. The documentation for the API can be found in GitHub:


8. Version history

  • 1.1 Ported to Asha devices.
  • 1.0 Initial release