Friday, November 10, 2006

Flash Lite 2.1 for free

We'll this was probably the most asked for and argued over issue with Macromedia's Mobile policy. Finally the Adobe Flash Lite player will be available to developers without a price tag. That should bring the Flash Lite forum traffic down a bit :)

Further still - the 2.1 player will be available to END USERS for free if they already have Flash Lite on their phone. So that means you can point users with 3rd edition phones to the Adobe site to get the 2.1 player before they consume your content :)

This was an essential move I think because the mobile market place is hotting up (competition wise) and 1.1 just doesnt cut it. Waiting another 18 months for 2.1 to make it out there would have been very painful. Thank you Adobe.

Read the release here

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Wednesday, November 01, 2006

cell and shockwave link up

A few posts back I talked about the possible influx of content from Japan. So it was interesting to read via wirelesswatch that Cell have signed a distribution seal with Shockwave.com. who also funnily enough have a deal with Verizon for their Flash Lite based 'Shockwave Minis' arcade! In fact some of Cell's games are already part of the arcade, and you can play them here.

I think there are a couple of things that are actually bad about this though. Above all the Brew platform supports Flash Lite 2.1 and is capable of so much more than 1.1 based games built for in browser experiences. One button games have their place but its pretty limited. Flash Lite will be a lot more than that on the Brew platform as developers start to develop original games specifically for 2.1 not throwing existing content into the mix because its easy to do.

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