Tuesday, June 21, 2005

iRiver U10 supports Flash Lite 1.1

via engaget, this link summarises a few of the new features of the new U10 revealed yesterday. Included in the list is Flash Lite 1.1. Although I havent found any official documentation it seems pretty genuine. This would be the first non-phone based deployment of Flash Lite 1.1. A lot of other devices use Flash but as far as I know they use the standard SDK to implement their Flash Player. Whereas this would appear to just use Flash Lite 1.1 off the shelf. Will be interesting to see how Flash Lite is intended to be used on this device. If its not a phone then it must have a least some kind of conectivity like wifi? If there is no connectivity then why would it have Flash Lite? How would people get Flash Lite content onto the device? Needless to say I will have to get one to findout!

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Casio's G-Zone Type R

great site, even better phone

http://gzone.jp/

Of course the phone comes with Flash Lite pre-installed too

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Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Nokia's with Flash Lite pre-installed?

Since Nokia's February licensing aggreement with Macromedia for the Flash Lite platform Flash Mobile Developers have been eagerly awaiting the first deployment of the Flash Lite player on a Nokia phone. Although Flash Lite works on any series 60 phone it hasnt been made available to consumers via download or developers for distribution. This is a somewhat frustrating situation as there millions of series 60 phones on the market but there is currently no way of commercialising Flash based content for them. There is no info on whether this is a temporary situation or a policy that has been decided upon for the Flash/Nokia roadmap. I am inclined to think that its just easier for Nokia to have the benchmark for Flash as being Series 60 3rd Edition. At least that way its a straightforward way of defining a market for Flash on Nokia phones. Its also a good reason for consumers to want to upgrade to the all sing and dancing next generation Nokias. From a developer point of view it slows the production of content. If the series 60 platform was targetable by bundling the Flash Lite player in a sis or by allowing consumers to download it in much the same way as real player is offered to ngage users then that would enable the comercialisation of content now! But as things currently stand there is no market and therefore no justifiable reason to dedicate resources to Flash lite. Of course I am sure many companies are producing content as part of a long term strategy, but I mean more the push for companies to commercialise existing assets now.

So assuming things stay as they are Flash developers are looking forward to the first series 60 3rd edition phone to be announced that can offer timestamp for the rollout of Flash Lite enabled Nokia devices. This however seems to be a confusing process. The latest series 60 phones (the n-series)were announced recently and I was hopeful that they would be series 60 3rd edition phones but alas initially the documentation pointed to the 2nd edition. However, a bit further down the line it appears that the N91 will be series 60 3rd edition and will therefore be the first series 60 Flash Lite enabled phone. How confusing is this?

To confuse matters further the register recently posted an article on the new series 40 phones recently announced by Nokia. Among the details they stated that the phones supported the newly announced series 40 3rd edition which in turn supported Flash Lite. So we will have to see if this is true in the next few weeks as Nokia unveil more information about the series 40 3rd edition. I have been unable to verify whether the series 40 3rd edition actually does support Flash Lite because there is limited documentation at the moment.

So there we have it, the Flash Mobile community can definately smell the first Nokias , they are on their way. What remains to be seen is what models first ship and in what form the Flash Lite player has been implemented. The existing player runs as standalone rather than browser which is great for applications. However from a commercial point of view would Nokia really ignore the selling power of having Flash Lite available for standby and wallpaper? Is the Japanese model really so different from what non-Japanese consumers want? I dont think so. Sony Ericsson seem to see the Japanese model too, where Flash Lite is some sort of advanced dynamic eye candy. I think if Nokia were to add the sceensaver, wallpaper and standalone implementation of the Flash Lite player then it would really be a great platform for delivering both eye candy and applications to Nokia users. If they just opt for the standalone implementation then it will still be great for fun as well as serious applications but will miss the opportunity to progress beyond the stayed era of animated gifs.

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lots more Sony Ericsson phones

The next batch of Sony Ericsson phones have been announced and once again there are a few models supporting Flash Lite 1.1.

In order, from left to right, the k608i,v600,w600 and s600i all support Flash Lite 1.1.




The k608i and the v600 are variants of the 3g k600 annouced a few months back. The v600 is a Vodafone exclusive, much the same as the v800 was. And the k608i is rumored to be an exclusive for another operator - possibly for Three? With the above addition to the Vodafone portfolio it means that 3 of Voda's 7 3g handsets will come with Flash Lite pre-installed. Of the other 4 handsets, both the series 60 Nokias support Flash Lite but dont have it pre-installed.

The other two SE phones (w600 and s600) are operator independent phones, at least that seems to be the case.

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