Videos of Adobe Flash 10.2 on Android 3.0 tablets

I’m a little late on this one but it’s always good to post about interesting subjects anyway I guess. As you probably remember Adobe has announced the availability of the beta version of Flash 10.2 for Android 3.0 tablets last week so here are some hand’s video of the plugin in action on the only Honeycomb tablet currently available, the Motorola Xoom. But before watching them just keep in mind that this is still a beta release so performance will (o will not..) improve later one:

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Flash ain’t dead: Flash 10.2 Beta for Android 3.0 tablets announced

Adobe has just announced the upcoming release of Flash 10.2 Beta exclusively for Android 3.0. tablets. The package will be available in the Android Market on March 18th and contains better H.264 hardware acceleration and deeper integration with the Android browser. This is essentially a version fully optimized for NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 chipset. Check out the feature list after the break:

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Adobe announces AIR 2.5 for TV, Phones and PCs. Flash 10.1 still coming to Windows Phone 7

Adobe is announcing today the latest version of AIR (version 2.5) for TVs, Mobile devices and Desktop computers. Hidden in the press release is the mention that Flash 10.1 is till expected to be released on Winodws Phone 7and other mobile platforms like Meego etc. Similar to copy and paste Flash for WP7 is already in prototype version currently being tested by Microsoft and Adobe so we shouldn’t have to wait an eternity before it’s release (it was already announced as coming witthin monthsafter the WP7 release). Will this mobile version of the plug-in be more usable than the Android version currently available? One can only hope so because based on my own experience on a Galaxy S, Flash 10.1 is barely usable on Android. Full Press Release after the break:
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Adobe Reader and YouTube plugin for Windows Phone 7 released

Adobe’ PDF reader for Windows Phone 7 and the YouTube plug-in have now been released on the Zune Marketplace. For what I can see the Adobe Reader is not the one that was announced a few days ago (I’m guessing that the X version will come later this year) but should get the job done. On the other had the YouTube Plug-in (yeah I’m not callingthis an app..) will probably disappoint some users. As previously seen this plug-in allows YouTube content embedded in web-pages, mails and sms to be played back in the native WP7 video player (and then integrate recentlyviewedvideos in the music & video hub).Unfortunately this doesn’t seem to be a full blown YouTube application (to watch non-embedded YouTube videos the user will have to navigate to the mobile.YouTube site with the IE browser..).

Adobe Reader X PDF reader for Windows Phone 7 announced

I have to admit that I was a bit worried about the lack of PDF support in Windows Phone 7 but Adobe has thankfully cleared the situation today with the announcement of Acrobat X for desktop PC and and Adobe Reader X for  Windows Phone 7 , Android and Blackberry. One thing that will be interesting to know is ; how are we supposed to load PDF files on our Windows Phone 7 devices? Only via mail attachment I guess? Will the reader be integrated in the the web browser so that when we click on a link pointing to a PDF file the application will automatically launch? Hopefully we will know soon enough. Also note that Acrobat X includes Microsoft Sharepoint integration and Word & Excell exports. Press Release after the break:

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Adobe Flash Player 10.1 for Mobile is ready

Adobe has issued a press release today announcing that they have finally made the final version of Flash Player 10.1 Mobile available to its partners. Flash Player 10.1 will be available to Android handset including the Dell Streak, Google Nexus One, HTC EVO 4G, HTC Desire, HTC Incredible, DROID by Motorola, Motorola Milestone, Samsung Galaxy S once they are upgraded to Android 2.2 / Foryo. Flash Player 10.1 was also released to mobile platform partners to be supported on devices based on BlackBerry, webOS, future versions of Windows  Phone, LiMo, MeeGo and Symbian OS but no availability date was announced. To be perfectly clear here: Only Android 2.2 handset will have it in the coming days and only Windows Phone 7 is planned to received the 10.1 player (Adobe dumped the Windows Mobile 6.5 development back in February). Read the full press release after the break:
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Adobe Flash and AIR coming to Windows Phone 7 within months after release

According to Adobe Flash evangelist Michael Chaize, Flash and AIR will be supported in Windows Phone 7 within months after the initial launch of the platform this fall:

He added that Windows Phone 7 will not be long delayed, which intrigued me since that platform itself is not yet done. Although Microsoft and Adobe have said that Flash will not be in the initial release, Chaize says that it will come “within months” afterwards, where “months” implies less than a year – maybe six months or so.

Still a long way off but it’s good to know that Adobe and Microsoft are hard at work.

Source: Tim Anderson via WME

Adobe confirms again that Flash 10.1 is coming to Windows Phone 7

Just incase you were worried about the lack of Flash 10.1 support on Windows Phone 7 Adobe has re-affirmed that it is currently in the works (i has already been cofirmed a while ago):

Adobe’s newest Flash Player 10.1 will soon be available on Google’s Android “Froyo” 2.2 operating system for smartphones and other devices, and Adobe’s Murarka said other smartphones would soon support Flash.

“You’re going to see Flash not only on Android. Consumers will see devices from Palm , Research in Motion Ltd’s Blackberry, Nokia’s Symbian and Microsoft Windows Phone 7support the full Flash Player,” Murarka said.

Windows Phone 7 is also mentioned in Adobe’s Fash 10.1 for Mobile FAQ:

Support for New Platforms
Flash Player 10.1 adds support for a broad range of mobile devices, including smartphones, netbooks and other Internet-connected devices, allowing your content to reach your customers wherever they are. Target mobile operating systems for Flash Player include: Android, Microsoft Windows Phone 7, Palm webOS, and Symbian S60 V5 * **.

Source: Reuters, Adobe

Adobe Reader for Android released

Adobe has just released a official PDF reader for Android today that can be download for free on the Android Market. No big news here given that all Android handsets sold by HTC come with the same application (although this one seems to be updated with a new UI layout) but many Android user with Motorola Droid and Nexus Ones can now finally access pdf docs on their handsets. The Adobe Reader is only compatible with Android 2.1. Check out the video below:
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Take 2: Android 2.2 browser on the Nexus One vs the iPhone and HTC HD2

My man Brandon at Pocketnow has posted follow up to his Android 2.2 browser performance video. As we have noticed in the previous video, enabling the Flash 10.1 plugin on the Nexus One resulted in poor page loading performances. To fix this the user has the choice to select “on-demand” in the Enable Plug-ins menu settings of the browser to have the ability to to manually load the flash content on a specific page (the plugin was previously loading all the Flash content by default) and finally experience the speed boost that Google promised in Android 2.2. Check out the video after the break:

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Android 2.2 browser on the Nexus One vs the iPhone and HTC HD2

Brandon at Pocketnow did it again and posted a must see video of the newly unleashed Android 2.2 browser running on a google Nexus One versus an iPhone 3GS (Safari Mobile) and HTC HD2 (Opera Mobile 10 but I would have personally used 9.7). You will see Flash 10.1 running smoothly in the browser but you will also quickly notice that enabling the Flash plugin actually slows down the overall loading performance of the Nexus One. Check out the video below:

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Flash 10.1 on Android 2.2 vs Flash Lite on Android 2.1

The boys at Engadget have posted a nice comparison video of of the newly released Beta Flash 10.1 plugin in Android 2.2 (you will have to download it from the Android Market) running on an Nexus One versus the regular Flash Lite plugin on the HTC Desire (running Android 2.1). As you will see in the ideo below the HTC Desire struggles to render the videos at an acceptable frame-rate compared to the flawless playback on the Nexus One. The big loser here is actually Microsoft who is hopefully hard at work on IE Mobile for Windows Phone 7 because the version of the browser that will be provided at launch this fall doesn’t have Flash and Silverlight support and unlike Safari Mobile on the iPhone and iPad it can’t even fall back on HTML5 because it doesn’t support it either (!). Adobe is supposedly hard at work and collaborating with Microsoft to get this working ASAP and Microsoft has already stated that the browser in WP7 can be updated indepently from the Firmware. Check out the video after the break:

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Adobe provides list of showcase websites to test Flash 10.1 on Android


Adobe has just made available a list of Flash enabled websites that users can test on the Android handsets once they have installed the first public version of the Flash 10.1 plugin that will supposedly be showcased(an released) tomorrow during Google I/O alongside Froyo aka Android 2.2. The war against Apple has just begun and hopefully Adobe doesn’t screw this one up with a buggy plugin…Check out the dedicated website here. Here’s a video of the plugin in action on a Nexus One and Froyo in case you missed it last week.

Source: Adobe

Flash 10.1 for Android to be released next week at Google I/O


Those who are waiting patiently for Flash 10.1 for their mobile device (mainly Android) should be happy to know that the first public version should be released next week duing Google I/O’s event (May 19-20). according to Adobe’s Platform Evangelist Ryan Stewart. The other good news is that the plug-in apparently works quite well: just check out the video of his Nexus One running the latset version of the plug-in ruuning on Android Froyo:

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Adobe confirms Flash for Windows Phone 7


It a recent blog disucssing the company’s officially abondon of Apple’s iPhone OS, Adobe’s Principal Product Manager Mike Chambers slipped whar may be one of the first official confirms by Adobe that Flash (and AIR?) is coming to Windows Phone 7 (previously on Microsoft commented on this subject):

I am excited about Flash Player 10.1 and Adobe AIR 2.0 and all of the opportunities that they will make available to Flash developers across multiple platforms (desktop, Android, Palm, Windows Phone 7, RIM, etc…).

This also confirms that the developement of Flash 10.1 for Windows Mobile 6.X was indeed halted two months ago. From the looks of it, Adobe is going to try ride on the relative success and buzz of the Android platform and heavely invest in it. I don’t expect to see Flash on WP7 before H1 2011.

Fortunately, the iPhone isn’t the only game in town. Android based phones have been doing well behind the success of the Motorola Droid and Nexus One, and there are a number of Android based tablets slated to be released this year. We are working closely with Google to bring both Flash Player 10.1 and Adobe AIR 2.0 to these devices, and thus far, the results have been very promising.

Source: Adobe Mike Chambers

No Adobe Flash 10.1 support for Windows Mobile 6.5? Wait a sec..


Looks like there’s some confusion (or FUD) going on at Adobe’s official forums. It all started when somebody asked Adobe for clarification about their Flash 10.1 Mobile roadmap. Somebody claiming to be an Adobe Employe posted the following:

On January 9:

We’re waiting for OS updates from Google and Microsoft before we can distribute a Flash Player Beta. We expect this to happen early this year. Thank you for your patience!

The first Android devices that will support Flash Player are the Droid and Nexus One. The first WinMo device will be the HTC HD2.

Then on February 5th

As for WinMo, we have made the tough decision to defer support for that platform until WinMo7. This is due to the fact that WinMo6.5 does not support some of the critical APIs that we need.

Hold on! Isn’t it the other way around? ISVs no longer have access to native code and APIs on WP7. Sounds fishy doesn’t it? Especialy given Adobe’s official announcement that Flash 10.1 is coming to WM6.5 and that Windows Phone 7 Series won’t have flash support before 2011. Oh and there’s also the fact that Adobe has also demonstrated the Flash 10.1 plugin running on WM6.5 in a video posted on February 15th here

Source: Adobe Forums via Pocketnow

Adobe Flash 10.1 demoed on the Google Nexus One

Adobe just uploaded a vdeio showing the upoming Flash 10.1 plugin running on the HTC / Google Nexus One. Scrolling / Panning doesn’t look smooth at all, hopefully this will be improved when the pluging is released later this year (H1 2010):

The Nexus One features Google’s Android software, HTC’s hardware design, and QUALCOMM’s Snapdragon chipset. All of these companies participate in the Open Screen Project and we’ve been working with our partners to bring a high performing Flash Player 10.1 to Android and other devices.

The Flash 10.1 plugin will also be released on Palm’s WebOS and Microsoft’s Windows Mobile at the same time (the beta version was never released).

Source: Adobe

Nokia N900 Previewed and Loved

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PhoneArena just posted their preview of Nokia’s Maemo 5 smartphone the glorious N900. They found the device to be really impressive, like the majority of those who got  a chance to handle the phone. Especially the browsing experience:

Now, this is what the Nokia N900 is all about. The device is equipped with own Maemo browser based the Mozilla technology and sports full Adobe Flash 9.4 support.
Web pages get visualized just like they do on normal computer screens and are automatically downsized to fit the display. When this happens, you will typically need to zoom in to be able to read the text more easily. This can be done by double-tapping the screen or making a circular motion clockwise, with a counter-clockwise gesture assigned to the zoom out function. This reminds of the HTC Touch, because you make the same motions to do the same things when browsing pictures only. The Flash support is smashing – all Flash elements get properly visualized without a hitch, even the video players on websites like Viddler.com and Vimeo.com, games on Facebook (say Mafia Wars), our own 360-degree views and we must say the latter are heavy indeed. We are most impressed, so fingers crossed the retail N900 will perform just as well and why not even better. Well done, Nokia! We wish all smartphones had such a browser…

If only it had a capacitive touchscreen..the circle motion to zoom in/out is nice, but not really as intuitive as pinching.

We are truly impressed by both the Nokia N900 and Maemo 5, so we just cannot wait to get a hold of a final unit. With its great functionality, the latest internet tablet of the manufacturer does stand a chance of winning over many people and we can confidently say theinternet browser is the best of its kind we have ever seen on a mobile device. Using the operating system, even on a prototype, is enjoyable and the multimedia functionality of the tablet is more than enough to please even the most exacting people. Don’t forget the Nokia N900 allows normal calls over cellular networks, which makes the device look even more appealing.

If Nokia continues to release new devices running Maemo (including normal cell phones), the operating system has the potential to gain smashing popularity, provided enough third-party applications roll out. We completely agree with what a fellow cell phone reporter said at Nokia World 2009 – “Maemo 5 iswhat Symbian should have been”. Can the tablet fully replace a normal cell phone? Well, we will tell you that when we´ve had the chance to review a retail unit of the Nokia N900.

Also check out Spotify running on the N900 here

Source: PhoneArena

Adobe Flash 10.1 for mobile unvieled, WinMo and WebOS Betas before the end of the year

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Adobe has finally announced that Flash 10.1 which is compatible with Windows Mobile, Android, WebOS, Symbian and BlackBerry is nearing final release. Betas for Windows Mobile and WebOs should be availalbe before the end of the year with Android, BlackBerry & Symbian following in early 2010. Here’s the PR:

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today unveiled Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1 software for smartphones, smartbooks, netbooks, PCs and other Internet-connected devices, allowing content created using the Adobe Flash Platform to reach users wherever they are. A public developer beta of the browser-based runtime is expected to be available for Windows® Mobile, Palm® webOS and desktop operating systems including Windows, Macintosh and Linux later this year. Public betas for Google® Android™ and Symbian® OS are expected to be available in early 2010. In addition, Adobe and RIM announced a joint collaboration to bring Flash Player to Blackberry® smartphones, and Google joined close to 50 other industry players in the Open Screen Project initiative.

Flash Player 10.1 is the first consistent runtime release of the Open Screen Project that enables uncompromised Web browsing of expressive applications, content and high definition (HD) videos across devices. Using the productive Web programming model of the Flash Platform, the browser-based runtime enables millions of designers and developers to reuse code and assets and reduce the cost of creating, testing and deploying content across different operating systems and browsers. Flash Player 10.1 is easily updateable across all supported platforms to ensure rapid adoption of new innovations that move the Web forward.

The browser-based runtime leverages the power of the Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) for accelerated video and graphics while conserving battery life and minimizing resource utilization. New mobile-ready features that take advantage of native device capabilities include support for multi-touch, gestures, mobile input models, accelerometer and screen orientation bringing unprecedented creative control and expressiveness to the mobile browsing experience. Flash Player 10.1 will also take advantage of media delivery with HTTP streaming, including integration of content protection powered by Adobe® Flash® Access 2.0. This effort, code-named Zeri, will be an open format based on industry standards and will provide content publishers, distributors and partners the tools they need to utilize HTTP infrastructures for high-quality media delivery in Flash Player 10.1 and Adobe® AIR® 2.0 software.

To learn more about Flash Player 10.1 and to see video demos visit Adobe Labs.

“With Flash Player moving to new mobile platforms, users will be able to experience virtually all Flash technology based Web content and applications wherever they are,” said David Wadhwani, general manager and vice president, Platform Business Unit at Adobe. “We are excited about the broad collaboration of close to 50 industry leaders in the Open Screen Project and the ongoing collaboration with 19 out of the top 20 handset manufacturers worldwide. It will be great to see first devices ship with full Flash Player in the first half of next year.”

“We are excited to join Adobe and other industry leaders in the Open Screen Project,” said Sundar Pichai, vice president of Product Management at Google. “This initiative supports our common goal to move the Web forward as a platform and to spur innovation in the industry through technology such as Adobe Flash.”

“Adobe Flash technology provides a key experience on new Windows phones, enabling people to enjoy rich Flash based games, videos and other interactive Web content on the go,” said Stephanie Ferguson, general manager, Product Management, Microsoft Corp. “We look forward to bringing in the new capabilities of Adobe Flash Player 10.1 to the Windows phone browser when it becomes available.”

“Motorola is excited to be one of the first handset manufacturers to ship Android based devices with Flash Player support early next year,” said Christy Wyatt, vice president of software applications and ecosystem at Motorola. “As the No.1 platform for video on the Web, uncompromised browsing of Flash technology based content is essential for a rich mobile experience and something users expect from Motorola today.”

“As a longtime partner of Adobe, and more than 400 million Nokia phones shipped with existing Flash technology to date, we are excited to see Flash Player becoming a reality for mobile phones and other mobile devices,” said Purnima Kochikar, vice president, Forum Nokia. “Nokia is excited about full Flash Player coming to devices and we are committed to supporting Flash Player 10.1 on mobile devices in 2010.”

Engadget also notes:

Speaking of fast chipsets, the other big news out of the show is that Flash 10.1 will take advantage of GPU acceleration on a number of key mobile platforms, including both nVidia’s Tegra and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon alongside ION for smooth (well, theoretically smooth) 720p and 1080p video on the latest generation of netbooks and smartbooks.

Good news for the ZuneHD and HTC HD2 / Leo (Toshiba TG01 and Acer F1).

Source: Adobe via Engadget