Flash Lite: The Future of Mobile Phone Technology

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If you borrow a cell phone in Europe or Asia these days, you just might realize that you are looking into the future of mobile technology.

Clouds that float across the phone to indicate low signal strength, the face of a friend circling around the screen to indicate that they had just called, or a photo of a city skyline at night to indicate that the sun had just set are all a part of the latest technological craze to sweep through these two continents.

These innovations comprise a new form of presentation technology that allows users to access and manipulate the applications of their phone in a fun and easy manner. (Source: theglobeandmail.com)

The images are driven by a new version of Flash programming that provides better graphics, user-friendly interfaces and customizable features that are unique to the personal preferences of the consumer.

The Flash program is designed to remove the frustration that consumers continually face when having to scroll through a long list of menus and services on their cell phone. Now, users only have to touch an image and a menu will appear; push a button and the task is complete. (Source: theglobeandmail.com)

With the new Flash program, consumers are given the same image quality as they would get when using their PC.

The success of the Flash addition has already been experienced in foreign markets like Japan. According to one Adobe Systems representative, when the Flash program (known as Flash Lite) was initially conceived, it was expected that around 1 million subscribers would adopt the new service. Instead, the service has appealed to more than 5 million Japanese users. (Source: theglobeandmail.com)

US-based Verizon has showed some interest in the new program and has already produced four Flash-enabled phones. (Source: mobile-tech-today.com)

The major consensus among industry experts is that it will take between 18 to 24 months before Flash is adopted on mobile phones in North America.

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