Palm Joining Open Screen Project
In other Open Screen Project news, Adobe announced Palm is joining the Open Screen Project. The work of the Open Screen Project will help deliver Adobe Flash Player for smartphones on the new Palm WebOS platform. The unique capabilities of the Web-centric Palm WebOS, combined with Flash Player, will enable WebOS device users to benefit from the vast amount of Flash-based Web content for a richer, more complete Internet experience. "We're excited that our customers will benefit from the creativity and broad range of Flash content and applications created by the millions of designers and developers using Adobe's popular tools and technologies," said Pam Deziel, vice president of software product management at Palm, in a statement.In addition, Murarka said Flash is expected to have shipped on 1 billion devices by the end of this quarter, which will beat Adobe's projections of having Flash ship on 1 billion devices by 2010. And Flash will ship on an additional 1.5 billion devices within the next two years. Also at the Mobile World Congress, Adobe announced the availability of the Adobe Flash Lite 3.1 Distributable Player, a new, over-the-air mobile run-time. The new player enables developers and content providers to create Flash technology-based applications that target the latest version of the run-time, and directly distribute their applications with the run-time installer to millions of devices for a better on-device user experience. The Distributable Player is available immediately as a public beta, and initially supports Nokia S60 and Windows Mobile devices and builds on the momentum of Adobe Flash technology in the mobile market. Moreover, the Adobe Flash Lite 3.1 Distributable Player provides new delivery and monetization options for Flash-based mobile applications, Murarka said. For instance, using the new run-time, leading aggregators-including GetJar, Thumbplay and Zed-enables content creators to deliver their applications to mobile users via their Web catalogs. Content creators can also choose to distribute their applications via their own promotional vehicles or their existing distribution channels, Adobe said. Brands and content providers already using the Distributable Player include AccuWeather, Dolce & Gabbana, Digital Chocolate, Disney, Finetune, Gazzetta dello Sport and Hachette Filipacchi. "AccuWeather is delighted to work with Adobe as part of our ongoing effort to bring users the weather they need, however and wherever they want it," said David Mitchell, director of wireless services at AccuWeather.com. "Flash Lite Distributable Player enables developers and content providers to give users direct access to the latest version of the mobile run-time through the download of Flash-based applications. With this solution, our application can reach anyone with a mobile device, distributing services such as current weather conditions, 15-day forecast calendars, radar and satellite maps, as well as severe weather alerts." The Distributable Player is the first step toward delivering a run-time that can be updated over the air, a vision set by the Open Screen Project, Adobe officials said. The Distributable Player supports over-the-air downloads for consumers in the United States, United Kingdom, Spain, Italy and India. More countries will be added over time, Adobe said. Developers around the world can get started developing Adobe Flash Platform applications with the free public beta release at www.adobe.com/go/distribute/. The run-time is part of a solution that includes authoring support through Adobe Creative Suite 4 and the Adobe Mobile Packager, a desktop tool allowing developers to wrap an SWF file into a Windows Mobile or Nokia S60 installable file.
Murarka said Adobe would be showing an early preview of Flash Player 10 for smartphones and demonstrating it on Nokia Series 60, Android and Windows Mobile platforms. He said the company is working to get it ready for delivery by the end of the year.