Adobe Flash Lite

Adobe Flash Lite

Adobe Flash Lite is a lightweight version of Adobe Flash Player, a software application published by Adobe Systems. This version is intended for mobile phones and other non-phone, portable electronic devices like Chumby and iRiver, and allows users of these devices to view multimedia content and applications developed using Adobe's Flash tools, which had previously been available only on personal computers.

Technical overview

Flash Lite is a development technology implemented at the client-side, or user interface layer. In this realm Flash Lite competes with other technologies like Qualcomm's uiOne markup language and Sun Microsystems's JavaFX Script. Recent changes to ActionScript allow Flash Lite to better integrate with and even compete with device-layer technologies like Java ME and BREW. Flash Lite should not be considered a mobile operating system like Symbian OS, Windows Mobile, Mac OS X for mobile: it is a technology for developing applications that run on a mobile operating system.

Flash Lite 1.1 supports Flash 4 ActionScript. Flash Lite 2.0, based on Flash Player 7, supports Flash 7's newer ActionScript 2.0. Both versions also support the World Wide Web Consortium's Standard SVG Tiny, a mobile profile of the consortium's Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) recommendation. Unlike SVG, Flash Lite can add audio and interactive elements without the use of other technologies such as JavaScript. As with Flash, Flash Lite is able to read and redraw external XML content. Flash Lite 3 is based on Flash 8, which brings closer the gap between mobile and desktop content by supporting H.264 video standard, as well as On2 VP6 and Sorenson video codecs. It also introduces the support to FLV video content.


In 2005 Adobe Systems completed its acquisition of Macromedia, the original developers of Flash. At that time, Flash Lite had been available to mobile users in Japan and Europe for some time prior to its availability in the United States. NTT DoCoMo and au by KDDI were the first carriers to adopt Flash Lite in June 2005.

As a promotion for Flash Lite in February 2005, Macromedia conducted its first Mobile Flash Content Contest. From the over 150 applications submitted, nine winners were selected in areas of Best Business and Productivity Application, Most Innovative use of Flash Lite, Best Animation, Best Business Application, Best Educational Content, Best Game, Best Interactive Content, Best Productivity Application, and Best Overall Use of Flash Lite. [ [ Adobe Mobile Flash Content Contest Winners] ]

In May 2006, the iriver U10 (later re-branded as the iriver clix) was released, which supported Flash Lite content in a landscape page orientation. The U10 was the first digital audio player to support Flash Lite.

In 2005, almost 100% of Flash Lite enabled devices were found in Japanfact|date=May 2008. In February 2007, Adobe claimed that over 70% of Flash Lite devices were shipped outside of Japan [cite web
title=Adobe’s Mobile Flash Technology Now Seeing Growth in Europe and North America
publisher=Adobe Systems
] .

In October 2006, Verizon Wireless announced support for Flash Lite [cite web
title=Verizon Wireless Customers Can Now “Flash-Enable” Their Phones With New Get It Now Applications
] , making it the first operator in the USA to adopt the technology. Flash Lite was initially available on four handset models (Motorola RAZR V3c and V3m, Samsung SCH-a950 and LG The V (VX9800)) as a BREW extension. This allows users to download Flash Lite applications from Verizon's "Get It Now" service, but it does not allow users to view Flash objects from their web browser.

In February 2007, Adobe announced at the 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona that the next release of Flash Lite (version 3) would support video, including streaming video [cite web
title=Upcoming Release of Flash Lite to Integrate Video Playback Capabilities
publisher=Adobe Systems
] . In October 2007, Adobe announced the release of Flash Lite 3 [cite web
title=Flash Player for Mobile Devices Delivers High-Impact Video and Dynamic Web Content
publisher=Adobe Systems
] .

At Adobe's 2007 Financial Analyst Meeting, Al Ramadan, then senior vice-president of Adobe's Mobile and Voice Solutions Business Unit, announced that by December 2006, 220M Flash Lite devices had been shipped. He also noted Adobe's acquisition of certain vector rendering technology by Actimagine, intended to reduce the Flash Lite player's memory footprint in future versions [cite web
title=Adobe Presentation on business opportunities in mobile
publisher=Adobe Systems
] [cite web
title=2007 Financial Analyst Meeting
] .

As of March 2008, neither Adobe nor Verizon Wireless have announced the availability of Adobe Flash Cast, per the February 2007 press release for availability by the end of calendar year 2007.

Flash Lite compared to similar development platforms

Flash Lite is a mobile development platform that can either be used in place of Java ME or run on top of Java ME in a Flash Lite Player. Other platforms include BREW, Symbian, and Windows Mobile. In 2006 Qualcomm announced a partnership with Adobe to bring the Flash Lite player to the BREW runtime.

Flash Lite content may be viewed on handsets installed with the Flash Lite player in the same way that Java content may be viewed on phones with a Java ME runtime. Both of these technologies may be present on the same handset and do not compete directly.

Applications, games and other content may be developed in either technology. Flash Lite has several advantages and several disadvantages when compared to Java ME.

* Rapid development due to the Adobe Flash IDE makes iterative software prototyping and software testing relatively easy.
* Better support for the Write once, run anywhere (WORA) methodology that does not depend on specific APIs being available. This results in little or no porting, which is a major cost in Java ME development fact|date=April 2008
* Graphics are vector based (bitmap support is also included) which allows for scaling, rotation and other transformations without loss of graphic quality fact|date=April 2008
* Ability to pack more animation and graphics into the same file size provided by the use of vector graphics fact|date=April 2008
* Ability to convert web-based (desktop) Flash content to mobile and vice versa, with minimal effort
* Flash development skills -- understanding of the IDE and of the scripting language -- readily ports from the desktop IDE to the mobile development environment

* As of April 2008, only a minority of phones offer support for Flash Lite. However this is changing rapidly in North America and Europe with carriers like Verizon and manufacturers like Nokia, Sony Ericsson and LG having announced Flash Lite devices in 2006 and 2007. Its limited availability means a limited audience compared with that of Java ME, Symbian, or BREW.
* Relatively poor graphical performance (due to higher processing required for vector graphics)fact|date=April 2008
* Poor handling of sound fact|date=April 2008

Project Capuchin

On April 30 2008, Sony Ericsson announced Project Capuchin [ [ Sony Ericsson's new Project Capuchin bridges Java ME and Flash Lite ] ] , a bridge that allows Flash Lite to run as a front-end to Java ME and in this way, combine Java's APIs and direct communication with the mobile phone's hardware (bluetooth, WiFi and others) with Flash's graphical interface. [ [ Macworld | Sony Ericsson combines Java and Flash ] ]

See also

* SWF file format, the files generated by the Flash application.


External links

* [ Official Flash Lite information]
* [ Bill Perry - Flash Lite Evangelist for Asia, Japan and the Americas]
* [ Mark Doherty - Flash Lite Evangelist for Europe, Middle East and Africa]
* [ Adobe article on Developing Flash Lite for BREW applications for Verizon Wireless]

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Adobe Flash Lite — es una aplicación informática, se trata de una versión especial de Adobe Flash, software de Adobe Systems. Fue creada para ser usada específicamente en teléfonos móviles y en otros dispositivos electrónicos portátiles pero no de telefonía, como… …   Wikipedia Español

  • Adobe Flash Player — Adobe Flash Adobe Flash CS3 под Mac OS X Тип Мультимедиа Разработчик Adobe Systems ОС …   Википедия

  • Adobe Flash — (formerly Macromedia Flash) is a multimedia platform used to add animation, video, and interactivity to web pages. Flash is frequently used for advertisements, games and flash animations for broadcast. More recently, it has been positioned as a… …   Wikipedia

  • Flash Lite — ([flæʃ lʌɪt]) относительно новая технология, основанная на использовании Flash плеера на мобильных устройствах. В настоящее время существует версия Flash Lite 4.0[1] Содержание 1 Хронология версий 2 Новые возможности Flash Lite 2.0 …   Википедия

  • Adobe Flash Builder — Adobe Flash Builder …   Википедия

  • Adobe Flash — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Para el artículo sobre el reproductor, véase Flash Player. Adobe Flash Desarrollador Adobe Systems Inc. …   Wikipedia Español

  • Adobe Flash Catalyst — Тип Rich Internet Application Разработчик Adobe Systems Написана на С++ Операционная система Mac OS X …   Википедия

  • Adobe Flash Player — Développeur Adobe Systems Dernière version …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Adobe Flash — У этого термина существуют и другие значения, см. Flash. Сюда перенаправляется запрос «Adobe Flash Player». На эту тему нужна отдельная статья. Adobe Flash …   Википедия

  • Adobe Flash Player — Infobox Software name = Adobe Flash Player caption = Adobe Flash Player under Linux. developer = Adobe Systems (formerly by Macromedia) released = 1996 frequently updated = Yes programming language = operating system = Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”