Adobe Intros Flash Player 10.1 Pre-Beta for Android
May 20, 2010, 11:00 AM by Eric M. Zeman
Today Adobe announced the availability of Flash Player 10.1 pre-beta for the Android platform. The new Flash Player reviewer beta works on devices running Android 2.2 Froyo and up. The player has been built into the browser, and allows web-based Flash content to play and work as it does on desktop browsers. According to Adobe, the player supports touch gestures, accelerometers, and smart-scaling to fill the screen with content as on a stand-alone player. Adobe contends that most sites with Flash should "just work" though it has compiled a list of Flash-optimized sites with which the player works best. Adobe said that the player has been optimized to work with most major platforms and chipsets, such as ARM, AMD, nVidia, Qualcomm, Marvel, Intel, Texas Instruments, and Freescale. It can decode H.264 video on the fly, and includes a number of power-saving features such as smart rendering and sleep mode. Adobe is offering Flash Player 10.1 as a public pre-beta starting this week. It requires Android 2.2, which Adobe claims will be available to the Nexus One and Motorola Droid "immediately," with other devices such as the HTC EVO, Incredible, Desire, and Motorola Milestone following in the coming months. Adobe expects Flash Player 10.1 to become generally available to the Android platform and laptops starting in June. It is working to bring Flash Player 10.1 to other mobile platforms, such as Windows Phone 7, webOS, BlackBerry and Symbian, but it did not provide a timeframe.
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