This week we announced the distributable Flash Lite player, which enables end-users to install Flash Lite applications on their mobile phone, regardless of whether the runtime is already on the device.
You can use Flash CS4 Professional and Adobe Device Central to create your Flash Lite application and then use the new mobile packager tool to create the appropriate SIS file (for Series 60 phones) and CAB file (for Windows Mobile devices); when the end-user downloads and launches the application on their phone the required version of Flash Lite will be downloaded and installed if it is not already present.
Whilst we continue to work on bringing Flash Player 10 to mobile devices, which in turn opens up opportunities to use future versions of Flex SDK (and developer tooling) to target mobile, the distributable Flash Lite player enables Flash designers and developers to create, distribute and monetize compelling mobile applications today.
To show how easy it is to install a Flash Lite application on a supported phone I captured the process I went through to download and install a Flash Lite application on my Nokia E71.
1. To get started, I headed over to http://m.adobe.com/ to see what featured applications are available (you can also get applications from ZED, Thumbplay and GetJar):
2. I selected the type of phone that I’m using – in this case a Nokia E71:
3. I then selected where I am located – currently the over the air distribution of Flash Player is supported in the US, India, Italy, Spain and UK:
4. There are a number of applications featured on the Adobe site, but I chose to download Finetune – a streaming music service (which also has web and desktop versions built using the Flash platform):
5. There are a couple of install dialogues and progress screens presented – these are part of the standard installation process for the phone you’re using:
6. The newly installed application is shown on the phone and I can launch it in the normal manner:
7. As this is the first Flash Lite application on my device I’m alerted that I also need to install Adobe Flash Lite and the Adobe version checker:
8. Once that’s done (again, a couple of standard phone dialogues are presented) I can then launch the Finetune application:
That was all pretty easy – there was one gotcha (which is listed on the site) in that you need to enable installation of ALL applications, not just signed applications, on Series 60 devices. I believe that this is a limitation of the current release and that it’s something we’re looking to resolve in a future release.
For more information on the distributable player solution and how to get started packaging your applications check out the Adobe Labs site. We’ve also announced a $100,000 Flash Lite developer challenge to encourage you to get started building applications – head over to the contest site for details.