Adobe has worked for years on a lightweight incarnation of its Flash technology for mobile phones, and now is working to bring the full-fledged Flash Player 10 to higher-end smartphones Chief Technology Officer Kevin Lynch said at Adobe’s Max conference.
“We are midst of evolving Flash Player 10 for mobile,” Lynch said. “We’re taking the full Flash Player and making that run on the higher end of the mobile market.”
Distributable Flash Lite player – This is awesome news for all of us, Lynch acknowledged that it’s hard to actually run Flash content with existing technology. Now, though, Flash Lite applications can be shared as a simple Web address, he said, and if Flash Lite isn’t installed, it can be retrieved automatically.
“You can package your application built with Flash and deploy it to smartphones like Windows Mobile and Symbian, and we hope to get to Android as well,” Lynch said. “If you don’t already have Flash Lite, it will detect that and install it on your mobile phone over the air.”
Flash includes auto-update technology so users generally have a current version installed, and Adobe plans to keep that philosophy with its push into the mobile realm, he added. Partners to help enable that update process include Cisco Systems, NTT DoCoMo, Verizon, Comcast, Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Motorola, Qualcomm, and ARM.
Lynch also boasted that Adobe is exceeding its goals for Flash on mobile phones. “Our goal (was to make) a billion phones Flash-enabled by 2010,” Lynch said. “We’re actually going to get 1 billion Flash-enabled phones by 2009.”
Adobe also working on Adobe air for mobile which they released AIR 1.5 on Monday, a version that inherits Flash Player 10 abilities such as better text rendering, support for right-to-left text scripts such as Arabic, multichannel audio, and 3D effects.
“Like Flash, AIR is headed for the mobile world. Lynch also demonstrated AIR 1.5 running on a Linux-based Aigo miniature computer–what Intel likes to call a MID, or mobile Internet device.”
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