Macromedia Takes Flash Mobile

Macromedia is expected to introduce a new version of its Flash media player for mobile phones this week. The new version is called Flash Lite 1.1. It includes support for SVG-T, and also meets the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) standard for rendering graphics on mobile phones.

Macromedia Inc. is delving further into micromedia with product, service and acquisition plans for Flash content on cell phones. The company is making a "big bet" on rich Internet applications, said Juha Christensen, president of Macromedia's Mobile and Devices division. This week, the company will introduce a new version of its Flash media player for mobile phones. Flash Lite 1.1 includes support for SVG-T (Scalable Vector Graphics-Tiny), the World Wide Web Consortium standard for rendering graphics on mobile phones. Christensen said some handset manufacturers required SVG-T before agreeing to support Flash.

Flash Lite 1.1 features network functions that let Flash content make dynamic server queries, and it includes scripting commands and load variables that let developers integrate Flash content with phone features such as multimedia messaging. Flash Lite 1.1 also supports several audio formats. The software development kit will be available next month; the reference platform is Symbian Ltd.'s Symbian OS.

News source: eWeek

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