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Adobe Device Central CS4 Device Profile Update #5 Now Available Online….

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Mark Doherty has written blogpost here on Device Profile Update 5 for Device Central CS4 which is now available for download. This latest device update for Device Central CS4 contains 36 new and some updated profiles bringing the total number of supported devices to 738. 

Here’s an overview of the new profiles:

  • DoCoMo Fujitsu F-08A
  • DoCoMo Fujitsu F-09A
  • DoCoMo NEC N-07A
  • DoCoMo NEC N-08A
  • DoCoMo NEC N-09A
  • DoCoMo Panasonic P-08A
  • DoCoMo Panasonic P-09A
  • DoCoMo Panasonic P-10A
  • DoCoMo Sharp SH-05A
  • DoCoMo Sharp SH-06A
  • DoCoMo Sharp SH-07A
  • HTC Hero for testing flash in the browser
  • KDDI Hitachi HIY01
  • KDDI Kyocera KYX02
  • KDDI Sharp SH002
  • KDDI Toshiba TS002
  • KDDI Toshiba TSY01
  • Nokia 5530 XpressMusic
  • Nokia 5630 XpressMusic
  • Nokia 5800 XpressMusic Flash Lite 3.1
  • Nokia E52
  • Nokia N86 8MP
  • Nokia N97
  • Samsung I8910 HD
  • SoftBank NEC 930N
  • SoftBank Panasonic 931P
  • SoftBank Samsung 931SC
  • SoftBank Sharp 934SH
  • SoftBank Sharp 935SH
  • SoftBank Sharp DM004SH
  • SoftBank Toshiba 832T
  • Sony Ericsson C901 GreenHeart
  • Sony Ericsson C901a GreenHeart
  • Sony Ericsson T707
  • Sony Ericsson T707a
  • Sony Ericsson W518a

 All new device profiles would be available through the Online Device Library in Adobe Device Central CS4.  You can check the complete set of devices here.

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Five Steps To Deliver HQ Flash Content To Mobiles

I have been planning to write on this article for such a long time. This post discusses the straightforward way to create HQ flash content on Mobile phones and reach out to the million handsets buzzing over the planet.

Well, say for example you are creating a game or an application for Nokia or Windows phones, these are the essential steps that you need to run through. the prerequisites include Adobe Mobile Packager 1.1, Adobe Flash Lite 3.1 Distributable player, Adobe Flash CS3 or CS4 and Symbian SDK.

First, download the Mobile Packager from Adobe Site or here.

The Adobe Mobile Packager is tool that can create SIS or CAB files ( installation files for the Symbian and Windows mobile platforms respectively) from the SWF you are going to create.  Before the installation of Adobe Mobile Packager, you need to install the latest version of Perl and Symbian SDK. If you have not installed it, then no worries. You will be automatically directed to the URL for the dependency download. So, now we have crossed the first step of installing the Adobe Mobile Packager.

Next, install the Flash Lite 3.1 distributable player solution. What it does ? Say for example your content is delivered to a handset that does not possess Flash Lite 3.1 ( but is capable of doing so – considering memory and processing abilities), then on receiving your SWF in 3.1 version, a prompt appears asking him to download the latest version of flash Lite 3.1 for devices. Of course, this is an OTA install and you need to be located in those supporting countries. Get the distributable player from here.

The third step, build your application using Adobe Flash CS3 or CS4.

Its always important to test the application written in Adobe Device Central. So, this is the fourth step – to perform Robust testing in Device Central.  To test the applications better or to learn about batch testing, you read my article here in Forum Nokia Wiki.

Entering the final stage :).Now that you have coded and tested the application / game, you are a step away from deployment. Use the Adobe Mobile Packager (downloaded in Step 1), to create a SIS or CAB file as per your requirement. At this stage, you can specify the Application name, give it an icon and many more as you can see.

Once you click the CREATE PACKAGE, a SIS or CAB ( as requested) would be created in the destination folder specified. What are you waiting for ? Test it on a physical device and reach out to the millions of customers out there 🙂

Adapted from the article by Mike Givens.

A Few Noteworthy Stats !

Here are a few noteworthy statistics that can help you in decision making. Very soon Flash will be present in iPhone and more Android devices will host Flash Player 10. So, if you are wondering what your target device should be, who the audience would be and how much you can earn form the application, then go through this presentation made by Scott.

It covers topics involving the Apple iPhone 3.0 and the Android 1.5 overviews along with the major highlight – Statistics of the different platforms and how they are performing.The presentation also holds key information on the app stores of each platform and what they offer to the developer including the initial and running costs.

Excerpts on sales stats from the presentation –

  • the iPhone apps are the most cooking ones and iPhone developers are reaching a pool of 15M customers worldwide.
  • Symbian continues to be the enjoying the richest customer base with approx 50M devices worldwide. Its appstore – Ovi has only recently been launched but has been making brisk sales.

Now estimating how much a flash developer’s reach would be in the next few years ? You have the symbian’s 50M + iPhone’s 30M and this population is bound to skyrocket too 🙂

Remember, Nokia dominates the smartphone category with a share of approx 40%.

HTC Hero, The First Android Device To Support Adobe Flash!!!!!!

Though late arrival, never thought that this would be so pretty cool. Now Flash has come alive in it’s first Android based device, the Hero from Open Screen partner HTC!!!!!

It should be a direct sequel to the G1, and has all the features like multi-touch HVGA screen, accelerometer support, GPS, Compass, WIFi, 5 MP camera, Android Webkit Browser, and now with having Adobe Flash makes for even more very rich mobile web user experience.  

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Check out the device here!

Adobe has a good a really good press release which explains in detail. They also have made a good video where the Adobe Platform team explains some of the features of the Flash implementation on the HTC Hero device.   According to Mark’s blogpost, it’s possible to view up to 85% of online video through the Flash Player, supports latest Flash Lite 3.1 supports streaming audio capabilities, as well as support for around 80% of Flash content on the web today through the device’s web browser. On this device, double clicking Flash content (games, ads, etc) brings it fullscreen mode, which seems to work very much intuitively: Demo of Flash on the HTC Hero (an Android device).

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What version of Flash is this? Well, right now it’s Flash Lite 3.1 according to Adobe.  However, there have been prior public announcements that Flash 10 is coming to Android (by as soon as end of this year), as well as other mention of other SmartPhone platforms like webOS, Windows Mobile, & Symbian for starters down the lane.  Mark says that the HTC Hero has Adobe Distributable Player.  My lateral thought would be that, they (HTC) may upgrade the device at some point later (whether that means Flash Lite 3.x or Flash Player 10 can be anyone’s guess).  Here are few words from Adobe: Serge Jespers, Mark Doherty.  Here are some of the interesting comments from the Peter Elst & Dale Rankine of flashlite community.   With now over one billion devices running Flash, and Android represents a nice (open) platform in which Flash to grow, develop and play.  This new HTC Hero device represents the true mobile (web) experiences possible and I think we’ll see much more devices in the future.

Now, Latest Flashlite Enabled Nokia devices Spreadsheet Data From Bill Perry From Nokia

Now Bill Perry from Nokia has a new blog/website – Bill (Mobile Perry) and he has updated his Nokia Flash enabled device list.

He has included not only the latest handset specs (including very latest 5th edition devices such as the 5800  & N97), but also some Maemo devices, namely the N800, N810, and N810 WiMax (which support a Flash 9 browser plugin)

You can download the PDF directly here while reading this one here.

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nafd2 It’s a very  useful resource for flashlite community, since the information in Adobe Device Central can sometimes be still (particularly if you don’t get ADC updates), and Bill has put in more information in his post, such as hardware support such as GPS, touch screen, rotation features, and even software feature support such as video support, S60 Platform Services and OVI Store support too.  This is one should appreciate in his efforts in putting all the updates in one place in go.

Is It End Of Flash Lite?

This below article from online version of Wall Street Journal talks about a single version of Flash for both (Smart) phones and PC from Adobe:
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124407409276583289.html#mod=rss_whats_news_technology.  Anyone here knows more about this?

Mani Announced Wiki Contributor Of The Month of April At Nokia Forum Community

Forum Nokia honors one member every month for their outstanding contribution to our Nokia Forum’s Wiki. The contributor of April is Manikantan Krish and he was awarded new S60 device(In this case, Nokia 5800). The honor is given to people that have contributed outstanding work for the month in number of articles and quality of the articles to the Nokia Forum Community.  Good luck to him for his future endeavor.

Krishna

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