Tag Archives: Flash Player 10.1

Flash Player 10.1 Most Widely Adopted Version

According to a statement made by Adobe CEO at the Web 2.0 Summit two days ago, the Flash Player 10.1 is the most widely ever adopted version in the history of the Flash Player and that, in disregard of what the press says, the use of Flash video on the internet is strongly increasing.

It is worth mentioning that the Flash Player 10.1 is available for desktop operating systems such as Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux as well as Android OS. It is expected to be released for Microsoft Phone 7, BlackBerry OS, and Symbian OS.

You can learn more about the statement Adobe CEO made at TechCrunch.

RIM Announces Flash-Enabled “PlayBook” Tablet

RIM has recently announced a new internet tablet device called “PlayBook”  that will run Flash Player 10.1  and Adobe AIR for mobile devices. The PlayBook will be running RIM’s own BlackBerry Tablet OS which will allow developers to build apps for the device only using HTML 5 and the Adobe Flash Platform.

Developers interested in targeting tablets should check out Adobe Labs’ page on BlackBerry Tablet OS and BlackBerry Tablet OS Developer Zone.

It is very interesting to see how many of the devices competing with the iPhone and the iPad use their competing devices capability to play Flash content as a major marketing feature and a fundamental element for having true unrestricted web.

This must be a great time for Flash developers as more mobile devices come out with Flash support and the ease at which Flash applications can be ported in iPhone Apps becomes easier.

You can learn more about the BlackBerry PlayBook at RIM’s official website. The PlayBook is expected to be out for developers and enterprise users in October, and should be made available to the public by the start of 2011.

Adobe Stops Development of iPhone Compiler, Focuses on Android

The saga of the Flash iPhone compiler may be coming to a close. Upon the announcement of the new iPhone SDK which included terms banning the use of translation compilers such as the one including in the upcoming Flash CS5, the community was outraged and Adobe ended up announcing that it will stop investing in the development of the iPhone compiler, even though the new Flash CS5 will still ship with the compiler. Instead Adobe stating that it will focus its efforts for developing the Flash Player 10.1 and Adobe AIR for the Android.

Rumors are going around the internet that Adobe might sue Apple over its new restrictive SDK license, but there are no official statements from Adobe at this time.

The new announcements for focusing on Android are not really a compensation for Flash developers who were looking forward to start making mobile applications soon, especially as the Flash Player 10.1 is still not actually publicly available even for developers. However, I believe that Android has a big opportunity for being a serious competitor to the iPhone and with the Flash Player 10.1 and AIR for Mobile devices Flash developers would have a number of options for delivering Flash content to it. Lets just hope that the new Flash Player for Android comes out soon.

The new Flash CS5 is expected to be released sometime in May.

Flash Player 10.1 on Google Nexus One

The recently released Google Nexus One phone runs Android 2.1 OS which has support for the Flash Player 10.1 in its browser. Unlike some previous Android devices, the Nexus One is also equipped with the fast Snapdragon processor. This should enable this phone to deliver a Flash experience on the go similar to what you can achieve on the desktop.

This could be the most interesting mobile phone for Flash developers at the moment, as the promised ability to export iPhone applications cannot still be seen before Flash CS5 is released. You can develop Flash applications for the Google Nexus One using your current Flash authoring tools.