Adobe launches Flash player for mobile.
Mobile users will now be able to experience millions of sites with rich applications and content inside the browser including games, animations, rich Internet applications (RIAs), data presentations and visualizations, ecommerce, music, video, audio and more, a statement said.
Already one of the top free apps on Android Market today, Flash Player 10.1 will be available as a final production release for smart phones and tablets once users are able to upgrade to Android 2.2 Froyo.
Flash Player 10.1 was also released to mobile platform partners to be supported on devices based on Android, BlackBerry, webOS, future versions of Windows Phone, LiMo, MeeGo and Symbian OS, and is expected to be made available via over-the-air downloads and to be pre-installed on smart phones, tablets and other devices in the coming months.
"We are thrilled that more than three million Flash designers and developers are now able to unleash their creativity on the world of smart phones, tablets, netbooks, televisions and other consumer electronics," said David Wadhwani, general manager and vice president, platform business at Adobe.
"The combined power of the leading rich media technology platform with millions of passionate creatives is sure to impact the world in ways we haven't even imagined yet."
A number of content publishers including CNET.com, HBO, JustinTV, Mattel, Msnbc Digital Network, Sony Pictures, Viacom and Warner Brothers have also started to optimize Flash content to deliver the best possible experience within the context of smaller screens, which includes larger buttons for interactions, layout adjustments for mobile screens, the statement added.
Completely redesigned and optimized for mobile, Flash Player 10.1 delivers new interaction methods with support for mobile-specific input models. Support for accelerometer allows users to view Flash content in landscape and portrait mode.
With smart zooming, users can scale content to full screen mode delivering immersive application-like experiences from a Web page. Performance optimisation work with virtually all major mobile silicon and platform vendors makes efficient use of CPU and battery performance.
'Although it is labeled a dot release, Flash Player 10.1 is a significant update that includes a number of new performance and mobile specific features,' said Al Hilwa, program director of the application development program at IDC.
'This allows consumers to see a much bigger part of the Web and allows developers to bring their Flash Platform skills to a much bigger swath of devices."
"For the past few weeks I have had the opportunity to test an Android Froyo device loaded with a beta of Flash Player 10.1," said Ben Bajarin, principal analyst at Creative Strategies. "The overall experience and performance of Flash has been impressive. Mobile users now have access to full Web pages with rich Flash content on millions of sites."
"With the new mobile specific features, developers also have an important opportunity to help shape the way Web content, games, touch capabilities and more are presented across platforms and devices as Froyo and other platforms deliver full Flash support,' he concluded. -- TradeArabia News Service
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