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Research firm says social networking helped Adobe reach goals a year earlier than expected

Social networking is hugely popular and has driven many internet users to the sites as a way to keep in touch with friends and family. Sites like MySpace, Facebook, and YouTube are among the most popular of the social networking field. These sites also help drive the adoption of technologies that make accessing then on mobile devices possible as well.

Research firm Strategy Analytics says that MySpace and YouTube are helping to drive the significant growth of Adobe's Flash Lite technology. EWeek reports that the research firm said in a news release, "The popularity of social networking sites like YouTube and MySpace is driving the success of Adobe's Flash Lite technology on mobile handsets."

Flash Lite Version 3.0 allows mobile users to access the sites on a number of mobile handsets. According to the firm the total number of Flash Lite enabled handsets hit 960 million by the end of 2008. Strategy Analytics says that by the end of 2009 the number of Flash Lite handsets is expected to hit 1 billion.

Adobe reports that it expected to reach 1 billion capable devices by 2010, a full year later than analysts expect the figure to be reached. Anup Murarka told eWeek that Adobe expects to have an additional 1.5 billion Flash Lite-enabled devices on the market in the next two years. The adoption of Flash Lite by handset makers is expected to grow despite the poor economy. Shipments of enabled handsets are currently 40 million per month.

Strategy Analytics' Stuart Robinson said, "Version 3 and subsequent versions are setting the standard for high-performance Flash Lite applications, although there is continuing high demand for Flash Lite v2.0 and 2.1 in Asia."

Adobe announced some new technology at Mobile World Congress 2009 including a new Adobe Flash Lite 3.1 Distributable Player described as a new over-the-air runtime. The player is available now as a beta for the Nokia S60 and Windows Mobile platforms.



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RE: Field of Dreams
By bighairycamel on 2/19/2009 11:32:57 AM , Rating: 2
Totally. I didn't discover it until the streaming olympics coverage and I gotta say, it was much quicker to buffer and yet had better quality than flash.

To ltcommanderdata: do the math... if they keep the same momentum in 6 years they will still have less iPhones out there than Windows Mobile devices. Regardless, in social circles on my end of the country, the iPhone is losing a lot of its luster. The original hype has slowly been dieing, and in this economy a $400 phone isn't a very attractive buy (if that's how much they still cost, I don't know nor do I really care, they're still a ripoff on a ripoff stick).


RE: Field of Dreams
By ltcommanderdata on 2/19/2009 12:08:01 PM , Rating: 2
Well the math is that 17 million in 7 quarters translates into 2.4 million phones on average every quarter. In 6 years or 24 quarters that's more than 58 million which is greater than 50 million. And again that is not including iPod Touch which is the same platform.

The iPhone is currently $199, although it's really not the cost of the phone that's the killer it's the contract. It is true that it'll be difficult to sustain this momentum over the long-term, especially with this economy. Apple seems to realize this since in recent interviews they've said they are re-evaluating their pricing structure. I'm hoping the increased competition from phones like the Pre will encourage Apple to further improve the iPhone. Copy and paste functionality perhaps?


RE: Field of Dreams
By rdeegvainl on 2/19/2009 2:37:48 PM , Rating: 2
Are you assuming that people will still be using their current iphones in 6 years? How many of those iphones are bought to replace the old iphone?


RE: Field of Dreams
By ltcommanderdata on 2/19/2009 4:04:14 PM , Rating: 2
I guess the same can be said for Windows Mobile users. Microsoft reported that 50 million Windows Mobile phones have been sold since 2003. Obviously many will be replacement phones so the actual current user base isn't that big.


RE: Field of Dreams
By bighairycamel on 2/19/2009 5:00:23 PM , Rating: 2
Haha, I know it looks like my math sucks, but for some reason I read your post as 60 million.


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