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.