The FINANCIAL — Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) and LiMo Foundation on February 15 announced that Adobe has joined the global consortium of mobile industry leaders to bring the Adobe Flash Platform to the LiMo Platform.
"Support for Flash within the LiMo Platform will enable developers and content providers to create applications that can run on LiMo devices. As a member of LiMo Foundation, Adobe supports the development of an independent, collaboratively developed handset platform that is commercially driven by some of the largest operators and OEMs in the industry, including LG, NEC, NTT DOCOMO, Orange, Panasonic, Samsung, SK Telecom, Telefonica, Vodafone, and Verizon Wireless," Adobe reports.
“LiMo Foundation is distinguished as the neutral device platform provider for the mobile industry and our objective is to empower large communities of developers to flourish freely on LiMo Platform as it is deployed widely by leading operators and vendors,” said Morgan Gillis, executive director of LiMo Foundation. “We are extremely pleased that Adobe as a true leader in application platforms that are enabling developers to bring rich new cinematic experiences to users across a range of screen formats has decided to join LiMo in order to align its technologies with LiMo Platform and collaborate within our open ecosystem to create fresh opportunities for developers to reach mobile consumers in all regions.”
In joining LiMo Foundation, Adobe will enable application developers and designers to leverage Adobe Creative Suite and other Adobe authoring tools to create applications that will run on diverse handsets powered by LiMo Platform. Working within LiMo’s open governance constructs, Adobe will collaborate with other LiMo members to augment LiMo Platform with the Flash Player porting API, greatly simplifying the integration of Flash into LiMo devices.
“Bringing the Flash Platform to LiMo opens up a significant opportunity for Adobe to further its goals of open standards and multi-screen interoperability of rich mobile content,” said David Wadhwani, general manager and vice president, Flash Platform Business at Adobe. “Following the goals of the Open Screen Project, the openness of Linux and the Flash Platform represent a common vision to enable consumers to engage with rich Internet experiences seamlessly across any device, anywhere.”
Launched in Jan. 2007, the LiMo Foundation was formed to deliver an open and globally consistent Linux-based mobile platform for use by the whole industry to catalyze next-generation mobile consumer experiences. The LiMo Platform supports execution of native applications as well as mobile Web applications and widgets. Third party developers will be able to leverage SDKs from LiMo members starting Q2 2010 for creation of native and web applications. Through today’s announcement it is anticipated that the large number of developers in the Adobe developer ecosystem will now also be able to use common Adobe authoring tools in order to create highly immersive and interactive content for consumers around the globe.