An industry consortium led by Adobe has launched the Open Screen Project, which is chartered to enable a consistent runtime environment -- taking advantage of Adobe Flash Player and, in the future, Adobe AIR -- that will remove barriers for developers and designers publishing content and applications across desktops and devices, including phones, mobile Internet devices (MIDs), and set-top boxes. The Open Screen Project will address potential technology fragmentation by enabling the runtime technology to be updated seamlessly over the air on mobile devices.
To fulfill this charter, Adobe will continue to provide open access to Adobe Flash technology, including:
- Removing restrictions on use of the SWF and FLV/F4V specifications
- Publishing the device porting layer APIs for Adobe Flash Player
- Publishing the Adobe Flash Cast protocol and the AMF protocol for robust data services
- Removing licensing fees -- making next major releases of Adobe Flash Player and Adobe AIR for devices free
"Adobe is spearheading the Open Screen Project with support from industry leaders who share a common vision to provide rich, interactive experiences across computers, devices and consumer electronics," said Shantanu Narayen, Adobe CEO. "A consistent, more open platform for developers will drive rapid innovation, vastly improving the user experience."
In addition to Adobe, participants in the Open Screen Project include ARM, Chunghwa Telecom, Cisco, Intel, LG Electronics, Marvell, Motorola, Nokia, NTT DoCoMo, Qualcomm, Samsung Electronics, Sony Ericsson, Toshiba, and Verizon Wireless. and on-demand across a variety of devices.