In another piece of hotly anticipated news, Adobe have confirmed that the complete Flash 10.1 for Android is now ready and will also be shipped to other platforms soon. This news comes amid controversy between Adobe, Apple and Google, whereby Apple publically condemned Flash as an ‘out-dated’ technology and subsequently confirmed that they would block it from the iPhone and iPad. Google make numerous references to the fact that Android will and does support Flash and this is certainly something they have used in the past to get one over on Apple. However, despite this fact, they are working hard to convert YouTube from Flash to HTML 5, [...]
With so much buzz going around regarding the new Motorola Droid devices, we thought it was a good opportunity to do a round of of everything you need to know.
Starting things off, there are two new ‘Droid’ branded devices coming soon. Verizon is set to announce the ‘Droid X’ on the June 23 and this particular device should launch on July 19. The announcement will come at a keynote event hosted primarily by Verizon and Motorola, but Google and Adobe will also be at the event.
So what do we know about these two new devices? Both the ‘Droid X’ and the [...]
Adobe has recently launched the official Adobe Reader for Android application. This is really something you ought to pick up, and is available in the Android Market. The only criteria is that your phone is running Android 2.1 or greater and it has at least 256 MB of RAM and a 550 MHz processor. Bad luck early adopters!
For those that own a Nexus One, you will know that it already has a document viewer thanks for the folks over at Quickoffice. Depending on your affiliations, you might find that Quickoffice doesn’t actually do a wonderful job at viewing PDF files, speed being a primary concern. The good news is that [...]
Down at the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco, some guys from Zedomax.com came across the Adobe booth and upon inspection, stumbled across an Adobe example prototype Android tablet running Flash and AIR ‘flawlessly’. This prototype tablet seems to have been running Android 2.1 to boot.
It runs Adobe’s Flash and Air apps flawlessly. That was the first time I saw Adobe’s Air apps running on a tablet and totally impressed by how it ran. And now I can understand why Apple wants to ban Flash and other Adobe products completely from their iPhones and iPads, because it’s rather incredible technology.
Little is known [...]
Adobe’s CTO, Kevin Lynch, stated in a blog post yesterday that we should see a general release of Adobe Flash 10.1 for Android in June:
We look forward to delivering Flash Player 10.1 for Android smartphones as a public preview at Google I/O in May, and then a general release in June. From that point on, an ever increasing number and variety of powerful, Flash-enabled devices will be arriving which we hope will provide a great landscape of choice.
This does not mean, however, that users will necessarily be able to make use of Flash 10.1 in their own phones at that time. It is possible, perhaps even likely, that we will only see Flash 10.1 as part of a firmware [...]
It has come to our attention that Adobe are in pre-release mode for their most anticipated mobile offering, Adobe AIR for Android. Adobe AIR is a cross-platform run-time environment which enables developers to make applications once from any computer, and publish them on PCs, MACs, Linux, and then any mobile device which has the AIR framework.
If Android, RIM, iPhone OS and friends all support AIR, then it really does mean that developers will only have to design the bulk of their application once. It will open the doors to masses of competition between application developers spurring on even more creative and wonderful programs for us [...]
In the past we’ve seen leaked videos of Flash running on Android, but it has never really lived up to our expectations. For example, we saw what we thought was full Flash, but in fact it was Flash Lite from the HTC Desire ROM. Enough teasing already, we want the full thing.
The video after the jump is alleged to be from someone who works within Adobe watching March Madness live on his Nexus One over 3G connection. It is difficult to make heads or tails of this clip, and we can clearly see some stuttering. However, this could simply be due the 3G connection. Who knows.
Either way, if this is the Nexus One running Flash [...]
Adobe has revealed some of the details regarding Flash 10 support for Android and the information is not very promising for those who purchased an Android device with older hardware or software. According to Adobe, an Android device must have both Android 2.1 and an ARM v7 (Cortex) processor which includes the Qualcomm Snapdragon and the TI OMAP3 processors. These requirements disqualify many current handsets including the G1/Dream, which ironically was used to showcase Flash on Android in 2008, the Magic/myTouch 3g, the Hero/DROID Eris, the Samsung Moment, the Samsung Behold II, and more. The showcase devices being promoted by Adobe for their Flash 10 support currently include the [...]
Even for those that only casually follow the smartphone news wire, it is well known that one of the most contentious topics for debate as a missing requirements of any smartphone is native Flash support from Adobe. We’re heard before that things are set to change. Flash 10.1 is set to become available to Android devices in the first quarter of this year and this is great news. However, we could be set to hear some amazing news which will change everything with regards to all smartphone applications across different smartphone platforms.
Adobe are set to make an announcements very soon regarding the progression of Adobe AIR for smartphone devices. At the moment Adobe AIR is [...]
Last week we showed you a video from Adobe showcasing Flash 10.1 running on the Nexus One. Since then, another video has surfaced, but this time Adrian Ludwig from Adobe is showing Flash 10.1 running on the Motorola Droid with 2.0 software. It’s been unclear whether a device would need to upgrade to 2.1 before being able to play Flash 10.1 but this video answers any questions regarding that. As you will see there seems to be a little more stuttering in this version in both embedded Flash video playback as well as an animated cartoon that they demonstrate. Hit the jump for the video and tell us what you think!