Adobe Flash coming to more mobiles in 2010

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by Mike
Posted October 5th, 2009 at 5:38 am


Flash, long the sticking point in the move to experience a full desktop-like internet experience on a mobile device is getting closer to becoming a reality for those on the go. As more and more websites incorporate flash into the designs, mobile users get pushed further and further away from the “real” web as it was intended to be experienced. Adobe however has a solution, which they just announced in Adobe Flash 10.1. This new variant will give mobile devices of all platforms (iPhone NOT included) the ability to display flash properly by leveraging new and more powerful mobile device’s onboard GPU’s and faster processors. Those looking to get in on the action early can pick up a developer beta for Windows Mobile, Palm, as well as desktop OS’s such as Windows and Mac OS X later this year with more mobile options cropping up in early 2010. Also integrated into this new version of Flash is support for more mobile oriented features such as multi-touch, accelerometer input, gestures, and screen orientation.

Its definitely nice to finally see Flash coming to a wide swath of mobile devices as it has been a long, long time coming. So far weak hardware has prevented Flash from getting any foothold in the mobile market. Now that the hardware is finally getting up to speed, it will be interesting to see what materializes. Sadly, as mentioned before, the iPhone and iPhone OS is nowhere to be seen in the list of supported adopters. Why? Who knows. It’s Apple. Need I say more? Still, a small sliver of me holds out hope that even Apple will give in and eventually adopt Flash. Whimsical thinking…I know.

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