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Adobe announces Flash 10.1 availability for mobile platform partners

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 22 Jun 2010 12:19 User comments (4)

Adobe announces Flash 10.1 availability for mobile platform partners Adobe has announced the wide launch of Flash Player 10.1 for mobile platform partners, finally giving smartphone users the chance to experience video and applications on the Web that they had been unable to.
Flash 10.1 is already the top free app in the Android Market for developers running Android 2.2 Froyo and the product will be a final production release once 2.2 is rolled out to a wider variety of Android devices.

A few of the smartphones and tablets expected to have Froyo soon are the Dell Streak, Google Nexus One, HTC Evo, HTC Desire, HTC Incredible, DROID by Motorola, Motorola Milestone, Samsung Galaxy S and 3G Slide.

Besides Android, Flash Player 10.1 was also released to mobile platform partners for support on devices with the BlackBerry OS, webOS, Windows Phone 7, LiMo, MeeGo and Symbian OS. Notably missing is the iPhone OS, and its many millions of users.

"We are thrilled that more than three million Flash designers and developers are now able to unleash their creativity on the world of smart phones, tablets, netbooks, televisions and other consumer electronics," says David Wadhwani, general manager and vice president, Platform Business at Adobe, via a press release. "The combined power of the leading rich media technology platform with millions of passionate creatives is sure to impact the world in ways we haven’t even imagined yet."

The company says it has hardware support with ARM, Brightcove, Dell, Google, HTC, Intel, Microsoft, Motorola, NVIDIA, Qualcomm, RIM, Samsung and Texas Instruments and content holder support from AgencyNet, AKQA, Armor Games, Blitz,, HBO, JustinTV, Kongregate, Mochi Media, Msnbc Digital Network, Turner, Nickelodeon, Odopod, Photobucket, RAIN, Roundarch, Sony Pictures, South Park Studios, USA Network, Viacom and Warner, who have started optimizing their Flash content to work with smartphone screens.

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4 user comments

122.6.2010 20:35

Now for some work on 64 bit browser flash. Been two years serious its suppose to be created.

223.6.2010 15:13

I was excited that flash was coming to android, now they tell us that its only going to be released to some phones and those with 2.2. What about those of us who are forced to use 1.5?

326.6.2010 2:23

@Xplorer4, What phone and service are you on that still has 1.5? If you don't mind my asking??

426.6.2010 5:15

Those who are forced to use 1.5 don't have the power to use flash anyway...a droid @ 800mhz can't play most videos smoothly...and some play at only 1-2FPS. I know that the Android Flash app is still in beta stages; so it will probably get a lot faster...but I think flash is still going to need a lot of power for most videos.

The good news for Android is that Android evolves a lot faster than iPhoneOS, and Google is willing to work with partners to further improve performance. If adobe calls up google and says, "We found a way to improve Android performance by 50%...we will give it to you for free." falls all over themselves to get this. If they did the same thing with Apple, they would get a lecture about how iPhoneOS is Magical, and it is as fast as it needs to be, and that their improvements will be outdated in 20 years anyway, so why even bother with them?

I was thinking about Mr. Jobs's comments against flash, and I realized something...

iPhone an iPad have no multitasking; it does not matter if an app uses too much power; unless it needs more power than the device has. Flash obviously uses too much power for the iPhone 4's little CPU, and I suspect that there is something about iPhoneOS that makes even the iPad too slow for flash. Mr Jobs is trying to warn us about apple products, not about adobe products.

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