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Flash 10.2 Launched for Android 2.2, 2.3 and 3.0

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If you're rocking an Android device, there's no doubt that you're able to enjoy some of the Flash-enabled websites at a different level than those who sport Apple phones.

Today Adobe released Flash Player 10.2 for Android 2.2 (Froyo) and 2.3 (Gingerbread). Today also sees the release of a beta release for Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) tablets which requires Google's 3.0.1 system update.

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)

Flash Player 10.2 leverages the Stage Video rendering pipeline to enable users of Android 3.0 tablets, like the MOTOROLA XOOM™, to enjoy smooth playback of high-definition Flash video content on the web. Users will 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)

Deeper integration of Flash Player and the enhanced Android 3.0 browser delivers faster and better rendering of rich, interactive web content resulting in a browsing experience similar to the desktop.

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

Experience performance improvements designed to take advantage of the current generation of multi-core, GPU-enabled processors to deliver Flash videos, games and other interactive Web content on the latest smartphones and tablets. For a list of upcoming Flash-enabled devices which show off the latest performance improvements, including the MOTOROLA ATRIX™ 4G, MOTOROLA XOOM™ and LG Optimus 2X, please click here.

Automatic soft keyboard support

Users of touch screen devices will enjoy a more optimized experience interacting with rich content that requires keyboard input. 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 the 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 over-the-air (OTA) update to existing devices in market.

To see which devices are certified to support Flash Player, please visit http://www.adobe.com/flashplatform/certified_devices/.

To learn more about Flash Player for mobile devices, please visit http://www.adobe.com/devnet/flashplayer.html.
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    dan117 , March 19, 2011 7:03 AM
    What about ARMv6 CPUs. I don't care about the bad speed complex animations and games, I just want to watch a freaking flash video.
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    annymmo , March 19, 2011 12:36 PM
    dan117What about ARMv6 CPUs. I don't care about the bad speed complex animations and games, I just want to watch a freaking flash video.

    And accelerate it how?
    Seriously, you need to have appropriate hardware.
    Your cpu alone does not have suited hardware and has nothing to do with accelerating stuff to watch video. They can only provide software that runs on hardware.
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    LePhuronn , March 19, 2011 12:45 PM
    Do I get my fullscreen video back?
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    smeker , March 19, 2011 10:14 PM
    I always wanted an app that converts videos to a slideshows.
    Thank you Adobe!
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    mayankleoboy1 , March 20, 2011 11:42 AM
    but what will it do to the battery life
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    shineon2010 , March 21, 2011 5:35 AM
    IT WILL KILL YOU BATTERY LIFE!, but its still awesome..
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    Griffolion , March 21, 2011 2:23 PM
    Regardless of battery life and performance issues, the option to have it is there and that's what counts in my opinion.
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    bender3000 , March 21, 2011 3:33 PM
    Flash 10.2 > Steve Jobs.
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    Anonymous , March 21, 2011 3:46 PM
    I hear using your device kills your battery life too.
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