SAN FRANCISCOSoftware vendor Adobe Systems Inc. and handset maker Nokia have established a $10 million Open Screen Project Fund to help developers create applications and services for mobile, desktop and consumer electronics devices using the Adobe Flash platform.
The fund, to be administered by representatives from the two companies, will provide capital for the development of applications that are based on Flash, will run on Nokia devices and work on multiple screens, including mobile, desktop and consumer electronics devices, according a statement released in advance of the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona Monday (Feb. 16).
Adobe (San Jose, Calif.) also announced Monday the availability of the Adobe Flash Lite 3.1 Distributable Player over-the-air mobile runtime and a software development kit to enable handsets and mobile devices to support electronic books.
Adobe and Nokia expect additional partners in the Open Screen Project to join the effort in the future, according to Anup Murarka, Adobe's director of technical marketing for mobile and devices. The Open Screen Project is an initiative made up of more than 20 member companies that strives to enable a consistent experience for web browsing and standalone applications.
In reviewing applications, the project fund will look for innovation and compelling user experiences, robust applications or planned implementations, and the degree to which it exploits the capabilities and features of Nokia devices and Adobe's Flash and AIR products, according to the statement.
Murarka said the fund is not "a prize fund" and instead will be used to foster innovation among developers for multi-screen, Flash-based applications. The funds will be made immediately available, and developers are invited to submit applications through the Open Screen Project website, he said.
Developers retain all rights to their applications, while Adobe and Nokia have the right to evaluate, test and promote the content, according to the statement.