MWC: Nokia’s $10m Flash fund


Nokia and Adobe have announced a $10 million fund for the Open Screen Project, designed to help developers create applications and services for mobile, desktop and consumer electronics devices using Adobe’s Flash platform.

At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the pair said the fund will promote development of Flash-based services on Nokia handsets, to run on mobile, desktop computers and other consumer electronics devices.

Funds will be available to programmers, dependent on how innovative and compelling the user experience is, how robust the application or planned implementation is, and how well it exploits the capabilities and features of Nokia devices, Adobe Flash and Adobe AIR.

Announced in May 2008, the Open Screen Project is designed to enable a consistent runtime environment across screens. The initiative is dedicated to enable web content, standalone applications and full web browsing across televisions, set-top boxes, mobile devices and other consumer electronics that take advantage of Adobe AI and Adobe Flash Platform capabilities.

Adobe platform business unit president David Wadhwan said: “With close to 40 per cent of all new mobile devices shipped with Flash Lite in 2008, the fund will enable more developers to bring their rich content and services to a large number of mobile users.”

Nokia Services executive vice president Tero Ojanpera said: “The Open Screen Project Fund encourages the use of Adobe tools and existing developer skills to create exciting and unique Flash applications for millions of Nokia devices.

“Our end goal is to support these developers with resources, build awareness around the creative possibilities with Flash and help bring these innovative experiences to market through Nokia distribution channels.”