It’s been a while since Macromedia introduced the world to the Flash Liteâ„¢ player — and since then, information pills it’s already advanced to Version 2. And while the previews I’ve seen on the Adobe Web site make it look like a lot of fun, I have to admit: I’ve never seen the !$%#@! thing.
Now, phone envy is nothing new to me: Verizon (my carrier of choice) has often “crippled” some of the best features of its phones (e.g., Bluetooth implementations and MP3 loads) to ensure customers only get their multimedia fix directly from the mama company (It’s a sales technique perfected by schoolyard bullies and drug dealers, and it seems to work well in the mobile industry, as well). And while this usually makes me mad and jealous of others who can flaunt new technologies on their own phones, this time it’s not the case: Truth is, I don’t know a single person with a Flash-enabled mobile handset yet.
Press releases and Flash Lite enthusiast sites make it look like everyone somewhere is enjoying the ride already, though: Adobe recently announced that more than 45 million mobile devices are now Flash-enabled. So, um… where are they?
Things are looking up, though: Macromedia and Qualcomm announced plans last Fall to release Flash Lite as a BREW extension (which, in theory, means it should work on my Verizon phone soon, no?), and LG Electronics (maker of my last two cell phones) signed up with Adobe last week to integrate Flash into its future handsets. Both these developments have raised my hopes somewhat, but at the end of the day, I still don’t have the funny on my phone.
Do you? And if so, what do you think of it?
I wanna play, too!