SAN FRANCISCO Adobe Systems Inc (ADBE.O)
released new software for its popular Flash Player on Sunday
that promises to bring the quality of live video on cellular
phones closer to that of video on computers.
Adobe, whose software made possible the rapid rise of
pioneering online video site YouTube, said Nokia NOK1V.HE and
NTT DoCoMo Inc (9437.T) would use its new Flash Lite 3 in their
new cell phones.
Adobe said more than 300 million mobile devices equipped
with previous versions of Flash had already been shipped and it
expected more than a billion Flash-enabled devices to be
available by 2010.
Adobe's Flash software is installed on about 98 percent of
all personal computers and is used by virtually all popular
online video sites, mainly thanks to the fact it works
independently of the device that the video is displayed upon.
Gary Kovacs, in charge of marketing at Adobe's mobile unit,
called Flash Lite 3 "the most significant advance we've made in
mobile" and said it brought Adobe closer to being able to
release software versions for mobile and desktop
"It's probably a few years away. We'll do it over the next
couple to three years," he told Reuters.
Nokia's 3.4 million-strong mobile software development
group, Forum Nokia, said it would launch a new development
community on Monday to help Flash developers and designers.
Nokia, the world's biggest mobile telephone maker,
announced a major new push into multimedia, including video,
music and gaming last month, seeking to challenge Apple Inc's
(AAPL.O) dominance in portable entertainment.
The head of Forum Nokia, Lee Epting, said in a statement:
"Flash Lite 3 will enable us to deliver richer content to our
customers, such as videos and animated ringtones."
Adobe, also known for its Acrobat document management and
Photoshop software, said earlier this month that its profit
more than doubled last quarter on strong sales of new products
and as it makes inroads into mobile, video and office worker
(Reporting by Georgina Prodhan and Eric Auchard)