One of the questions you do lately is the possible death of Flash Lite. We have the Flash Player 10.1 optimized for mobile and Adobe AIR 2.5 for Android, and with that Flash Lite would be in their final days.
I’ve read articles that argued that Adobe did not know that capitalize on the success that Macromedia has with Flash Lite in Japan and began to give priority for mobile systems only now. This can be a little truth, but Adobe does not mess around, now this with full force for a variety of devices, not only mobile.
Now our question which gave title to the article, along with Flash Player 10.1, Adobe released Flash Lite 4.0 also, being a version of Flash Player for devices with limited processing resources and memory but with support for ActionScript 3.0. See the list of features available here.
For one thing, each day brings more smartphones come with Android 2.2 (Froyo), which officially supports the Flash Player 10.1 and Adobe AIR 2.5. Also, we’re seeing with Android smartphones (earlier) being updated with Froyo. That is, based on Flash contents tends to grow with these major smartphones. On the other hand so far, have only a smartphone officially announced with Flash Lite 4.0, the Nokia N8 and possibly Nokia C7, the question remains, still worthwhile to develop content for Flash Lite?
And my answer is YES, even for Flash Lite 3.0 or 3.1(ActionScript 2.0) especially for Nokia devices and why I say this. Let’s see some facts:
- Nokia is still world leader on mobile devices and how it has always been an innovator(was the first to put an internal antenna), not let that lead get away so easy
- The operating system Symbian is still the most used for mobile systems, and Nokia betting on Symbian will continue with the Meego(Linux-based)
- We have an extensive list of phones Nokia that has Flash Lite 2.0 or 3.0 , about 400 million around the world, many now arriving in Brazil
- Sony and Samsung also has a good range of handsets with Flash Lite
- Is starting to grow the number of applications in Portuguese on OVI Store, highlight for MTV Ao Vivo, the Terra TV and VEJA SÃ£o Paulo
- Nokia has created a library especially to increase the capabilities of Flash Lite
- Adobe Device Central CS5 offers a fairly complete for you to test your application in various mobile devices
- Nokia and Adobe were the first to contribute to the project Open Screen Project – one content, several devices
So in conclusion, is a market for development and yet it is worth studying (and remember) Actionscript 2.0. I believe that we will have two or three years of life for Flash Lite.