Flash on Mobile: An exciting future!

Adobe has been working with engineers at many mobile companies including RIM, Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Google, Palm and more. This is part of the Open Screen Project, something that keeps looking better and better. There are some very cool business drivers behind the genesis of OSP however the one that most developers will like is the ability to deploy applications to many screens using Flash and AIR.

The Adobe AIR team has already posted some pre-release snapshots of AIR running on Google Android devices here – http://www.adobe.com/devnet/devices/demos/

If you are interested in developing AIR and Flash Applications for the Android operating system, there is a pre-sign up you can access here:

As OSP moves forward, expect to see more news about Flash over multiepl screens.

Flash and Standards:

Some people have asked in the past that the Flash file format specification be placed into the hands of a Standards Development Organization (SDO), similar to what has happened with PDF going to ISO. This is something I believe Adobe would do if they could, however in the unique case of SWF and the manner in which it became what it is today, it is unlikely to happen.

A further clarification is also worthy of noting. When people say “make Flash a(n open) standard”, they really are speaking of the SWF file format. “Flash” is really an entire platform since it includes development tools, runtime plugins and environments, server side tools, side channel communications methodologies for dynamic bandwidth compensation, several servers (Flash Media Server, BlazeDS for example), binary encodings (AMF) and more. The SWF file format is a standard as it sits today. The SWF file format is published here. AMF is also published as an open specification as reported by Slashdot.

I would assert that the SWF file format is a de facto standard. Adobe cannot change it radically based on the fact they care about their community. Flash has to always be backwards compatable to play older versions. It is a pure illusion that Adobe controls Flash and can do with it what they want. The community would rebel.

I would see that the OSP project becomes a collective where more than just Adobe has input into the future of Flash. It will be good to see Google, RIM, Intel and others working directly with Adobe to build improvements into the SWF specification and beyond.

Mobile also brings some unique challenges for developers. Over the next few months I plan to bring some of these to light on this blog.

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