Adobe confirms Flash 10.2 for tablets, smartphones

By on February 14, 2011
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Also hints at Android Honeycomb coming to smartphones.

Adobe might have let slip what Google have been trying to be tight lipped about. In a special press event, Adobe confirmed that Flash 10.2 is coming to both tablets and smartphones “in the next few weeks.” What’s interesting about this is that the new Flash could not be supported in previous Android OSes and that Google had to specifically add such capabilities in Honeycomb to get it up and running. If you put 2 and 2 together, you might get what we are hinting at.

But if you are slow in maths, let us: if Flash 10.2 is coming to tablets and smartphones, and that it could not be supported in previous Android OSes, means that Google’s new Honeycomb OS, which has yet only been shown in tablets, will also invariably jump over to the smartphone form factor.

Adobe had also issued a press release which, as usual, had some stats. It seems Flash and Adobe AIR is doing pretty good with over 84 million smartphones and tablets supporting Adobe AIR – with over 200 million such devices ready for cross-platform by the end of the year. Flash shipped on 20 million devices across 35 different models, thats 12% of all smartphones Adobe says, wth 50 new Flash-ready tablets to appear in 2011. More info the press release below.

Press release:
At Mobile World Congress, Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) announced that developers and content publishers can now deploy Adobe® AIR® applications to more than 84 million smartphones and tablets running Android and iOS. Thousands of applications have been created and made available on Android Market and Apple’s App Store to date. By the end of 2011, Adobe expects more than 200 million smartphones and tablets to support Adobe AIR applications. For examples of popular AIR applications for Android and iOS, visit m.flash.com.

“We are thrilled to see mobile adoption of Flash Player and AIR exceeding even our own expectations, with much more to come in the months ahead”
In addition, Adobe announced that more than 20 million smartphones were shipped or upgraded with Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1 software on over 35 certified devices in the first six months following the launch. For 2011, the company expects Flash Player to be supported on more than 132 million units worldwide. More than 50 tablets are expected to support Flash Player this year alone. Using Adobe Creative Suite® 5 tools, over three million Adobe Flash Platform developers are now able to author content across a substantial number of devices for both Flash Player and AIR.

“We are thrilled to see mobile adoption of Flash Player and AIR exceeding even our own expectations, with much more to come in the months ahead,” said David Wadhwani, senior vice president, Creative and Interactive Solutions Business Unit, Adobe. “This is tremendous progress toward ensuring that mobile users everywhere have access to their favorite content from casual games to Web video and enterprise applications regardless of what device they are using. And, our CS5 customers are excited about the ability to easily extend their creative work across millions of mobile devices.”

Adobe is also showcasing the latest release of Flash Player – Flash Player 10.2 – along with additional performance advancements at the conference. The new release includes support for innovative new features including Stage Video, which delivers much improved video performance through optimizing hardware acceleration on mobile devices, desktops and TVs. Stage Video decreases processor and memory usage while enabling higher frame rates and improved video quality. Test results show up to 80 percent CPU savings when playing back video in 1080p on Windows® and Mac OS. Stage Video support for mobile devices will be available on Android 3.0 “Honeycomb” and BlackBerry Tablet OS. Existing H.264 video content on the Web will benefit from Stage Video on mobile platforms without any changes to the content.


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