Adobe launches Flash Lite 3

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A couple of links of interest looking ahead to the future. Adobe has formally announced Flash Lite 3 which will be available first on NTT DoCoMo and Nokia phones. The new version includes support for Flash video (e.g. on YouTube), and Adobe says the aim is to more closely replicate the experience of Flash on the desktop. To go along with the announcement Forum Nokia launched a Creative Pros section to help desktop Flash developers port their content to mobile devices.

Flash Lite 3 will be available as a stand alone player for existing S60 3rd Edition devices (at least via developer channels) and will shipin the ROM of future Nokia devices.

Adobe Press Release Extract:

Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq: ADBE) today announced the availability of Adobe® Flash® Lite™ 3 software, which now supports Adobe Flash Player compatible video and enables the delivery of dynamic Web content on mobile devices. Flash Lite 3 allows mobile device manufacturers, operators and content providers to differentiate their offerings by giving users the ability to watch Flash Player compatible video, the world's most popular video format, and browse Flash enabled Web sites when integrated with a mobile Web browser. Both NTT DoCoMo and Nokia committed to deliver Flash Lite 3 enabled devices in upcoming releases of handsets. With over 300 Million Flash enabled mobile devices and handsets shipped so far, Adobe expects more than one billion Flash enabled devices to be available by 2010.

Flash Lite 3 more closely replicates the desktop experience delivered by Adobe Flash Player. This gives mobile users the freedom to access content whenever and wherever they want, while efficient resource management capabilities significantly improve and optimize performance for mobile devices. With Flash Lite 3, developers worldwide are able to create more engaging applications, interfaces and mobile assets that integrate video, as well as develop innovative and dynamic mobile assets such as wallpapers, screensavers or casual games.

Working closely with Adobe, Forum Nokia launched a new community for creative professionals today, providing Flash developers and designers with the tools to bring their products to billions of mobile customers. Forum Nokia is the largest mobile development community in the world with 3.4 million members. It provides tools and SDKs, business know-how, market insights, technical support and other resources to help developers reach mobile consumers with rich applications, content and services.

“We’re proud to be working with Adobe to further our mission of providing S60 Smartphone users with superior multimedia experiences,” said Lee Epting, vice president, Forum Nokia, Nokia Corporation. “Flash Lite 3 will enable us to deliver richer content to our customers, such as videos and animated ringtones. This reinforces Nokia’s commitment to mobile innovation and provides an exciting new channel for content delivery and consumption.”

Forum Nokia enhanced in support for Flash Lite developers by creating the Creative Pros community as part of Forum Nokia strategy to deliver a unified web experience to mobile users. The new section is designed to help Flash Lite and other web developers transition from desktop to mobile and enable new business opportunities.

Nokia Press Release Extract: 

Nokia today announced the latest phase of its continuing support of Adobe ® Flash ® technology with the launch of the "Creative Pros" community by Forum Nokia, the company's global developer support program. The new website is designed to help the Adobe Flash community and other web development and design professionals, grow from dynamic desktop creation to exciting new business opportunities around mobile devices.

The announcement of the new "Creative Pros" website adds to Nokia support for Adobe Flash Lite 3.0 as part of the Nokia strategy to deliver a unified web experience for mobile users and desktop users. With this announcement, Nokia provides a way for creative desktop Flash developers and designers to optimize existing Flash desktop content for the latest Nokia mobile devices.
Forum Nokia, the largest mobile development community worldwide with 3.4 million registered members, will host the new "Creative Pros" destination within the extensive Forum Nokia mobile developer support site at "Creative Pros" provides tools and Software Development Kits (SDKs), as well as technical and business support, to help creative professionals reach millions of mobile device users in the marketplace with rich applications, content and services for Nokia's S60 and Series 40 platforms.