Forum Nokia And Adobe On Mobile Flash Development

    February 10, 2006

Finnish based Nokia announced on Thursday the creation of Forum Nokia PRO: Flash Zone. It’s a support program put together between Nokia and Adobe with the intention of helping Forum Nokia PRO companies to develop Macromedia Flash applications for devices deployed by wireless operators.

The agreement will allow Forum Nokia PRO: Flash Zone members that develop Flash-based content for Nokia mobile devices access to direct tech support and training from Adobe. The plan will include discounts on Adobe software, free copies of Flash Lite Players for testing on supported handsets. There’s also a dedicated tech support email list, online seminars tech content, early access upcoming product info and beta program access.

“The launch of the Forum Nokia PRO: Flash Zone continues and expands the relationship between Nokia and Adobe that has resulted in the deployment of Macromedia Flash technology on Nokia devices and collaboration on the Flash 8 development tool,” said Lee Epting, vice president, Forum Nokia. “The new Zone underscores the strength of Nokia’s commitment to supporting its PRO developer community and to developers already working with Flash technology, providing technical, training and business development resources that will help to extend the boundaries of mobile applications.”

Flash Lite is Adobe’s Flash profile for mobile phones, adding several key features related to connectivity, device-specific capabilities and standards support, and supporting a mobile profile of Adobe’s own SWF format.

“There are over one million Flash developers around the world and this highly innovative and creative ecosystem is poised to deliver some great applications and content to Nokia customers,” said Gary Kovacs, vice president of Mobile and Device Solutions at Adobe. “Forum Nokia’s new PRO: Flash Zone gives mobile developers a hub to support them in creating the content and applications that will engage customers worldwide who choose Nokia’s exciting new Flash enabled Series 40 and S60 devices.”

Nokia’s new Flash-enabled devices will enable consumers to download Flash entertainment, gaming, business and productivity applications over the air and to play Flash content stored in either onboard or removable memory. Flash applications can be dynamically updated with streaming data to the device from a remote server over an HTTP connection, pushing far beyond the boundaries of static screensavers, wallpapers and other non-Flash applications.

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John Stith is a staff writer for WebProNews covering technology and business.