Adobe has just announced that supported Android devices will soon be able to update their Flash playing capabilities thanks to Flash Player 10.2. The update will be available via the Android Market so Froyo and Gingerbread device users can download it and feel the force of Adobe’s latest mobile offering. It is initially a beta release for Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) tablets which requires Google’s 3.0.1 system update. Which means if you’ve got the Motorola Xoom (you lucky devil) you should be able to experience quite a bit of added enhancement.
The March 18th beta release of Flash Player 10.2 in conjunction with Google’s first system update to Android 3.0 (version 3.0.1) currently underway for the MOTOROLA XOOM will deliver the first phase of these two company’s work together. Of course this is only the tip of the iceberg and more updates will be rolled out consequently which will complete the optimizations and result in a production GA release of Flash Player 10.2 for Android 3.0.
Things will just get better
Some of the new capabilities of Flash Player 10.2 for Android include:
Hardware accelerated video presentation for H.264 (Android 3.0.1+ only)
This means smoother playback of HD Flash video content on the web and all of this with experience reduced CPU usage and higher frame rates for existing H.264 video content.
Deeper integration with the Android browser rendering engine (Android 3.0.1+ only)
Web content will get further enhanced to true desktop like experience. Interactive content should also function better where applicable. Flash Player can now render content as part of the web page along with other components such as HTML, images and gif animation. As a result, users will experience:
- Improved scrolling of web pages;
- Uncompromised viewing of rich, immersive content in the way intended by the page designer, including support for instances where HTML and other web content is composited over Flash Player rendered content. Flash Player rendered content will continue to be placed in a separate window on top of HTML in the Android 2.2 and 2.3 browsers, as these browsers do not support the new Android 3.0 browser rendering model.
Enhanced performance for the latest smartphones and tablets
Thanks to the manufacturers boosting overall performance of tablets and mobile device with multi-core, GPU-enabled processors, Flash 10.2, should provide that extra little nudge into richer and more vibrant content on these smart devices.
Automatic soft keyboard support
This feature simplifies the development of multiscreen applications that require keyboard input, making it easier for developers to optimize desktop applications for mobile devices. A new ActionScript API enables developers to automatically launch and display a soft keyboard.
In addition to its availability on Android Market, the production GA release of Flash Player 10.2 will also be available pre-installed on many upcoming tablets and smartphones or delivered as an OTA (over-the-air) update to existing devices in market.