Flash is a huge success on the web. It’s been like that for a long time now.
SVG is a recommendation (read standard) by the W3C that should address some of the functionalities of Flash.
While Flash Lite has been very successful in Japan for many years (and I think simply because DoCoMo decided it would be the default on all devices), it has struggled in the rest of the world.
In the last couple of years Nokia, Sony Ericsson and other top vendors have more or less quietly implemented SVG Tiny (a subset of SVG for mobile devices). From my perspective it seemed like SVG would take over Flash (Lite) in the mobile space, but it looks Adobe is moving to make sure this does not happen.
A few news that I’ve read in the last couple of weeks, all within just a few days:
YouTube was a massive success, I guess it doesn’t take a genius to think that there are many companies trying to get the same success on the mobile and I actually think that on the mobile it would be an even bigger success, especially once every mobile will be able to upload video files.
Well, while we wait for all the mobile browsers to reach that point (and some are already capable of this!), it’s probably good to get started with Flashlite. Here’s a free seminar that will be available online, only on 18 September 2007.
Embedding Video and Sound in Flash Lite
(Italian only, but also a link to AllAboutSymbian) I discovered a nice flashlite app. I think it’s a good example of how you can make a simple application easily and with a nice layout.
The English version of the site is available.
Back in September I posted an article about actionscript’s mobile gaming contest.
The contest is now over, 65 games were submitted to the commission and the winners list is available: Mobile Game Contests 2006 – Winners.
Congratulations to all the winners and all the participants.
If you are interested in these two technologies you should join the FREE online seminar that will happen on 13 March 2007.
Giorgio Natili will be the speaker. If you would like to know more you should visit mobile.actionscript.it, FlashLite vs J2ME on-line seminar.