Dale Rankine and crew have been working with us on a fabulous Flash Lite conference companion for MXDU 2005. Dale disecting the app during his session, Practical Flash Mobile: Tales from the Edge Here's a bit of sneak peek complete with screenshots on how the app is shaping up.
Currently the app is tailored for the Nokia 6600 (which just happens to be my phone so this is great :) running a FlashLite 1.1 player. Similar phones will likely run near flawlessly, though I'm told there can be the odd quirk between handsets.
So far you can review session times and drill down to session details -- similar to the agenda content on the website. You can also browse by speaker name and drill down to the profile of individual presenters.
We're working with Dale to provide session and profile data in an easily updatable format. This will likely be delivered via XML or a web service generated on the fly from the MXDU ColdFusion server.
Dale's keen to add a game, location maps and other options to the companion. Time will tell how much he can cram into the app before the conference.
Local adoption of Flash Lite has still to be officially announced. Rumour has it telcos will be offering Flash Lite on handsets in Australia this year. But with no official word from anyone it is unlikely we'll see widespread distribution of handsets with Flash Lite until the end of the year. In any event, it seems increasingly obvious that Flash will become a dominant force on the mobile in the very near future.
We're still investigating options for distributing a Flash Lite player to conference delegates so they can play with the app in the flesh.
Be sure to catch Mike Downeys presentation, The Macromedia Vision for Lighting Up a Billion Mobile Devices at MXDU in the lead up to Dale's, Practical Flash Mobile: Tales from the Edge at MXDU 2005.
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