Fans of the Nokia N95
smartphone – described by Nokia as “the definition of optimal performance
” – and YouTube
addicts will be pleased to hear that you can now take everyone's favourite video sharing site wherever you go.
The latest update to the Symbian software for the 'phone released by Nokia earlier this week improves the Series 60 browser built-in to the unit by adding Adobe Flash Lite 3 integration. Supposedly fully compatible with the desktop version of Flash, the upgrade allows previously broken sites that rely on Flash video to work properly on the smartphone.
Just visit the site, tap on a video, and enjoy. Tapping again on a playing FLV stream will switch to a full-screen landscape mode with a seek bar at the bottom.
It would probably be a good idea to use the WiFi mode when viewing YouTube clips, however: knowing how addicting viewing old videos can be, I can see people running up quite a bill in GPRS data charges otherwise.
The integration does not go so far as to map the N95s built-in media playback control keys to Flash content, but we can always hope for that in a future update. For now we'll just have to content ourselves with a slightly more stable browser with full Flash compatibility.
Users of the somewhat less popular E90
will be pleased to hear that they will also benefit from the upgrade, although Nokia has not announced Flash Lite integration with any other handsets at this time.
Tempted to give the update a try, or are you still chatting away on something a bit more simple
? Let us know how you get on over in the forums