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Archived:Flash Lite 4 in Nokia Symbian^3 devices

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Created: tasala (18 May 2010)
Last edited: hamishwillee (03 Oct 2012)

Nokia N8, based on Symbian^3 platform, supports Flash Lite 4 with the following features:

  • ActionScript 2 and ActionScript 3 support
  • Flash Player 9/10 content support
  • Multi bit rate streaming using dynamic streaming
  • Open Type font support
  • Accelerometer and Geo Location support

Flash Lite 4 supports Flash 10 and Actionscript 3 so now there should be very little differences between Desktop Flash and Mobile Flash in a Symbian^3 device. Flash is going to move away from several different distribution methods. The recommended way to use Flash or to build Flash apps will be embedding in WRT widgets. How to package Flash content in a Widget article explains how to do this.

The recommended way of using platform services is through the externalInterface class in Flash ActionScript. This way it’s the WRT side reading the device and passing it over to Flash. This will bypass the lag experienced for example in using accelerometer previously. Using this method, all the same platform services are available for Flash, that are available for WRT (see above). Please refer to Adobe’s Resources for more information about externalInterface.

Using Flash elements inside WRT is comparable to using Flash on a website. So do not rely on using fscommand2(); commands, since the support is not guaranteed in the browser context.

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