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.
On a related topic to my previous post Flash Lite as a theme on the phone, I also found a post by Bill Perry about a full UI built using Flash Lite. The phone supports Flash Lite and Flash lite for BREW.
Check out the post and movie: Verizon Wireless Chocolate – First Flash Lite UI Phone in the US
It all started from a Google Alerts, I found a post about a small DB like WURFL, but specific for Flash Lite, the author called it “Flash Lite UAProfile“. From there I got on a blog that linked to a video on YouTube, of course, that shows how you can use Flash Lite to personalize your mobile phone. Flash Lite is used to make the animations and I have to say that while I generally stick to the default themes on the phone, these are really interesting. Simple animations that can make your phone a little bit more “alive”.
NOTICE: While the database has ‘UAProfile’ in the name it’s not a UAProf; while the author names WURFL, it’s not compatible with WURFL.
If you are a content provider you should start considering a bit more the Themes topic. Themes have been available on mobile phones for a long time, but not many content providers sell them. It’s because all the phones user their own standard, all the phones have a different screen size and probably don’t seem so attractive as ringtones.
I can understand that today, with the integrated cameras, most users prefer to take a picture and use it as a wallpaper, but they can’t make animations and of course can’t make a theme out of an image. This is a good example of something else that can be done to make a mobile phone unique.
My friends from mobile|actionscript.it have launched a new mailing list dedicated to the flashlite integration in other environments such as J2ME and Symbian.
If you’re serious about flashlite you should definitely check flashlite_integration on Yahoo! Groups.
Group description from the homepage: “This group is dedicated to all the J2ME, Flash Lite and c++ developers that believe in the mobile market.
The group proposal is to give a support to the developers that are working in mobile project that runs above one of this technology or that integrate two or more of these.“
My friends at actionscript.it have just launched a new contest to develop mobile games.
This is the second edition and the first provided a number of nice new games. This year both flashlite and J2ME are allowed, so go on, show us something innovative!