GSMA Mobile World Congress: Adobe and Nokia launch open source mobile developer fund

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GSMA Mobile World Congress: Adobe and Nokia launch open source mobile developer fund

Antony Savvas

Adobe and Nokia have announced a $10m mobile open source project to accelerate the creation of rich mobile content, applications and services.

The project, announced at this week's GSM Association (GSMA) Mobile World Congress, will deliver new content and services using the Adobe Flash platform.

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The new fund is a result of the Open Screen Project, an industry-wide initiative of more than 20 industry leaders, to enable a consistent experience for web browsing and standalone applications.

Additional Open Screen Project partners are expected to join the Adobe/Nokia fund in the future.

"We are excited about the Open Screen Project Fund and the possibilities it offers to designers and developers worldwide," said David Wadhwani, general manager and vice-president for the platform business unit at Adobe.

Tero Ojanpera, EVP at Nokia Services, said: "With close to 40% of all new mobile devices shipped with Flash Lite in 2008, the fund will enable more developers to bring their rich content and services to a large number of mobile users."

"The Open Screen Project Fund encourages the use of Adobe tools and existing developer skills to create exciting and unique Flash applications for millions of Nokia devices," said Tero Ojanpera.

"Our end goal is to support these developers with resources, build awareness around the creative possibilities with Flash and help bring these innovative experiences to market through Nokia distribution channels," added Ojanpero.

Developers at the Mobile Congress are being invited to submit concepts for applications. They must be based on the Adobe Flash platform, run on Nokia devices and work on multiple screens, including mobile, desktop and consumer electronics devices.

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