In May Adobe announced the Open Screen Project that makes it easier for companies and developers to produce Adobe Flash & Air content that can be viewed on most screens out there. A long list of companies are supporting this project. The most important steps by Adobe to make this work is:
- Removing restrictions on the use of the SWF and FLV/F4V specifications
- Publishing the device porting layer APIs for Adobe Flash Player
- Removing licensing fees – making next major releases of Adobe Flash Player and Adobe AIR for devices free
- Publishing the Adobe Flash Cast protocol and AMF protocol for robust data services
About the same time as Adobe announced the Open Screen Project Sony Ericsson went out with the information that they would start a project called Capuchin. This is great news for mobile phone flash development since it means that Flash Lite can be used as the presentation layer with a java backend (read more) which makes the whole phone accessible through the GUI. Before this Flash Lite was not an alternative in applications that demanded deep communication with this phone or communication with the web. The restrictions of how the Flash Lite Player would work on mobile phones has been all but standardized. It seems that the Open Screen Project has made phone manufactures more eager to incorporate Flash Lite in their products and Project Capuchin is a result of this. Any API on Capuchin hasn´t been released yet but the first phone supporting the Capuchin API was announced yesterday and is called C905. It seams like one hell of a phone. Here are some specs from SE:
C905 features in more detail
The C905 Cyber-shot is Sony Ericsson’s first Cyber-shot slider-style phone and its most advanced camera phone yet. In addition to the 8.1 megapixel camera with Xenon flash and autofocus, supportive features include Smart contrast, Face detection, BestPic, PictBridge printing, horizontal camera UI and illuminated icons for settings shortcuts. Sharing photos and videos is enabled through HSDPA network speeds, Wi-Fi, a DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) server to connect to compatible devices and the new Sony Ericsson TV-Out Cable ITC-60.
The C905 also has embedded GPS and aGPS support, 160MB internal memory, removable external storage with Memory Stick Micro and a 320×240 pixel 262K TFT QVGA display.
The C905 will be available in selected markets during Q4 2008.