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Tuesday, 22 June 2010 09:23

Adobe Flash Player 10.1 officially launches on Android platform

Written by Jon Worrel
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How do you like them apples?
Over the past few months, debates have ensured about whether Adobe’s Flash Player technology was ever going to have a practical use in smartphones and tablet devices and whether or not the hardware standards for such devices would ever have long-term limitations for the standard.

As of today, Adobe is offering the final version of Flash Player 10.1 for smartphones, but there’s one small catch. It will only be available to Google Android 2.2 “Froyo” users, says Anup Murake, director of technology strategy at the company.  Since the new operating system’s announcement last month, smartphone manufacturers and wireless carriers have remained pretty silent about specific Froyo plans. A recent article by our friend JR Raphael at PC World was able to sum up the current state of Android 2.2 upgrade eligibility on Google-enabled smartphones.

The first device to be receiving Flash Player treatment is the Nexus One. In late May, a “very limited group” received an early copy of Froyo, and Google has ever since been working on finalizing the code for a widespread rollout to begin soon. Meanwhile, all of HTC’s flagship smartphones – the Droid Incredible, the Motorola Droid and the EVO 4G – will be receiving the Android 2.2 upgrade before the end of this year. If we were to put a guess on a release date, it would probably be in late Q3 or the middle of Q4 2010 to compete with Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 platform launch.

“We may not see a huge number of these devices [capable of supporting Flash Player 10.1] on Tuesday, but the pipeline for Christmas, CES 2011 and Mobile World Congress next year is really exciting,” said Murake. The Android 2.2 software update to enable Flash Player support can be pushed out to users over the air or it can be made available in the Android Marketplace for download. Otherwise, it will be featured in new phones launching at towards the end of the year.

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+2 #1 zubayer_2130 2010-06-22 17:14
what to no comment?

i thought some apple fanboys would say flash is buggy, power hungry and there is no use of flash in mobile devices.... cause steve jobs said so. oh well! i am just a bit surprised thats all
 
 
-1 #2 Ferrum Master 2010-06-22 17:34
Don't bother... Flash is resource hog indeed... but meanwhile, I do not care what Apple people think or say, let them be. Let us see how HTML5 will evolve, competition is a good thing for us.
 
 
+1 #3 snowboarder8156 2010-06-22 18:46
It might be a resource hog but we can finally have games on our phones that run off of flash! I know while I'm in a long boring lecture at school it will be nice to have!
 
 
0 #4 blandead 2010-06-23 01:51
flash is not a resource hog.. especially 10.1 which is optimized for better battery life on mobile phones. All it takes is some mobile GPU muscle.

But the point is finally mobile phone can view the web in its full content. screw apple and their bs.
 
 
0 #5 gangsta072 2010-06-23 07:56
Quoting blandead:
flash is not a resource hog.. especially 10.1 which is optimized for better battery life on ...

BLABLABLA , tell me how am i going to update my notebook vga driver ?
besides that flash IS shitty without additional featuritis
 
 
0 #6 Queelis 2010-06-23 08:30
Quoting gangsta072:
BLABLABLA , tell me how am i going to update my notebook vga driver ?
besides that flash IS shitty without additional featuritis




1) go to AMD/nVidia's site and download them?
2) featuritis, lol. Sounds like some disease. "Sorry, can't come to work today, I have featuritis"
 

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