I had no idea that it would be so difficult to even begin to start out on developing something for mobile devices.

The reasons behind Flash Lite being on hold has to do things like deployment (do we have to join Verizon’s developer program?), what phones are widely used?  Which Flash Lite is available to those phones?  I heard that Flash Lite is not upgradeable for a phone.  That’s not good news for us.  That would pretty much mean we’d have to develop with Flash Lite 1.0 and not take advantage of all the cool things in Flash Lite 2.0 and beyond.   Also Blackberries and iPhones which are beginning to be widely popular (maybe more Blackberries in the Corporate world) do not have Flash or Flash Lite – makes me wanna beat up someone at Apple!  Argh.  Of course, there are some phones that are coming out that have the actual Flash player on them — does that mean a developer could just create something in Flash and not even go the Flash Lite route?

Which is the best way to go…?  Right now, we just have to think about how people could view our website in their mobile devices.


Flash Lite 1.1 notes

October 25, 2007

I was watching a presentation on Flash Lite 1.1.  I’m sure some of this information is outdated, since it was presented even before Adobe bought Macromedia.

To Dial a Phone Number:

  • getURL(“tel:1800xxxxxxxx”);
  • needs country code if applicable.

To invoke a camera:

  • fscommand(“Launch”, path)
  • needs absolute path to application.
  • example: fscommand(“Launch”, “z:\\system\apps\comcorder\\camcorder.app”);
  • no application parameters

To play a mp3:

  • getURL(“file:///e:/sounds/vertigo.mp3”);
  • compress mp3 file before moving to phone

To play back a .3GP video file:

  • it’s played back via real audio (only way to integrate with flash lite 1.1)
  • getURL(“file:///e:/videos/nin_thtf.3gp”);
  • use quicktime pro to export .3GP files.

Hmm…good points

October 25, 2007

This blog post brought up some good points. Will Flash Lite be around much longer? As phones get more and more sophisticated, Flash Lite may not be used or needed…

What do you all think?

Tip from another blogger…

October 19, 2007

I was reading this today, I think the more information that I can get.. the better.

This post is mostly for my own reference…

The newest Flash Lite?

October 17, 2007

Even when this comes out, how long will it be before it’s uploaded on devices? Do existing devices need to upload this? My assumption is yes. For our projects, I’m not sure how much if it will be flash lite and how much of it will just be re-writing some of the CSS so a website will show up correctly on a mobile device. It’s a bit in the early stage, so I can’t write too much on it yet. I’ll be blogging about it later, as we start to understand the scope of our projects this year.

I’ve been doing some research on mobile devices and flash lite. There seems to be many many many different resources. I’m not sure where we’re going to be going with it, but it does seem to be a bit exciting!

On the other hand, I’m more excited with the ColdFusion 8 and the possibilities with the new CF tags!