Flash 10.2 addresses shortcomings on Android

22 Mar

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Adobe Systems has released reading 10.2 of Flash Player in spite of mobile devices, which addresses several shortcomings in the inaugural 10.1 personification.

Among the features in the novel software, according to an Adobe blog despatch, are these:

• Integration with the browser adhering Android 3.0.1, aka Honeycomb, such Flash content is treated “as organ of the Web page instead of being of the kind which a separate ‘overlay.'” That pages roll of paper better and look closer to in what way Web page designers intended.

• The efficacy to take advantage of better hardware in more devices with graphics chips and dual-heart processors–Motorola’s Atrix smartphone and Xoom browser and LG’s Optimus 2X, for example.

• Better integration with riddle-based keyboards, one of the bulky departures in the new era of variable devices from the world of personal computers where Flash got its call forth.

The new features help Adobe tend the case that it’s adapting Flash to the “post-PC era” of smartphones and tablets by touchscreens and Net connections. Flash is closely universal on laptop and desktop computers, if it were not that it’s only getting started in the mobile world. Apple’s ban of Flash from iOS devices has made it that much harder for Adobe to gain a footing and made it necessary for developers defective to reach mobile devices to design applications and Web sites without ceasing the assumption that Flash isn’t propitious.

Flash Player 10.2 is a conclusive release for Android 2.2 and 2.3 devices, except it’s only in beta concerning Honeycomb. It’s available through the Android Market, otherwise than that only for Adobe’s list of Flash-compatible Android devices, which numbers 33 devices at this staging.

So far between 5 million and 10 a thousand thousand people have downloaded Flash Player concerning Android, and it gets 4.5 stars completely of 5 with 182,309 ratings such far, according to the Flash Player serving-boy on the Android Market.

Adobe wants to spread Flash and AIR to a multitude of computing devices.

Adobe wants to promulgate Flash and AIR to a host of computing devices.

(Credit: Adobe Systems)

For a contemplate at some of the ins and outs of Flash 10.2 adhering the flagship Honeycomb device, Motorola’s Xoom small table, check my colleague Eric Franklin’s discharge. It looks as if Web developers be in actual possession of some new decisions to make in all parts of what version of their Web serving-boy to deliver, because some present ~t any-Flash mobile-optimized versions even whereas Flash and a tablet make browsing something more like what happens on a PC than a adhering mobile phone.

The fact that in that place’s a Flash compatibility list spotlights each issue that afflicts Android developers, fragmentation. The widely varying capabilities of Android devices means programmers have potential compatibility, testing, and befriend headaches to worry about. Apple, lacking the waste of iOS devices, presents a simpler terraqueous globe, but even there, things are acquirement more complicated; the iPhone 4 and iPad 2 procure significant differences over their predecessors.

The parallel direction Adobe and its ally Google be favored with used to persuade customers that they should shortness Flash on mobile devices is that it gives them the “replete Web.” Flash-based streaming video, during the term of example, is now an option. And in the cosmos of tablets, the vast array of incidental Flash-based games at sites like as Kongregate are particularly interesting given that Android still lags iOS when it comes to mother games.

However, the “full Web” have power to be slower–in part because Flash is many times used to deliver advertisements. The Web old ~ loaded on a Xoom in 11 seconds through Flash ads vs. 5 seconds, as antidote to example.

That complaint has been one reason many people have allied themselves with Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs’ trial to move beyond Flash. But it’s not perfectly as simple an equation as ditching Flash and acquirement a faster Web.

As Web standards similar as Canvas 2D graphics, HTML5 video, SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics), vivacious CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) transformations and transitions, WOFF (Web Open Font Format) advance toward perfection, they become a viable mechanism to liberate elaborate, processor-pounding content, too.

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