Macromedia plans today to introduce Flash Lite 1.1, an update to the Flash Player profile for mobile phones that is intended to expand capabilities for multimedia applications.

Designed for service providers and manufacturers, Version 1.1 supports the W3C standard SVG-T (Scalable Vector Graphics-Tiny) for rendering content on mobile phones. The update also backs network connectivity, has improved audio support, and features APIs to integrate Flash content with phone functionality, Macromedia said.

With Flash Lite, mobile phones can become more graphical, said Juha Christensen, president of mobile devices at Macromedia. The Flash Lite 1.1 development kit for developing Flash content for mobile phones using Flash MX Professional 2004 will be available this week. Flash Lite also supports MP3, WAV, and other audio formats.