Adobe Systems said today it is on schedule to release a beta version of its Flash player for a number of mobile devices this year, and more will follow in 2010.
In previous years this company has tried to get Flash support onto smartphones with scaled down versions, but not any more. The full version of Flash Player 10.1 will be for desktops running Windows or Mac OS X, as well as for Windows Mobile, webOS, Android, and several other platforms.
It will support sites that use Flash for navigation, as well as Flash video.
This software will take advantage of the capabilities of the devices it is running on, from multi-touch screens to Graphics Processing Units.
“With Flash Player moving to new mobile platforms, users will be able to experience virtually all Flash technology based Web content and applications wherever they are,” said David Wadhwani, general manager and vice president, Platform Business Unit at Adobe.
Beta Versions Being Rolled Out
A public developer beta of the browser-based runtime is expected to be available for Windows Mobile, Palm webOS and desktop operating systems including Windows, Macintosh and Linux later this year.
Public betas for Google Android and Symbian OS are expected to be available in early 2010.
In addition, Adobe and RIM have announced a joint collaboration to bring Flash Player to Blackberry smartphones at some point in the future.
Adobe would like to add Flash support to the iPhone, but has run into a problem. According to a statement from the company, “Adobe needs full support from Apple beyond what is available through the SDK to enable Web browsing of Flash-based content on the iPhone. While we have been working hard to make the browser plug-in available, without increased co-operation from Apple, it will not be possible.”
The non-beta version of Flash Player 10.1 is scheduled to be released in the first half of next year.
In this video demonstration, Adrian Ludwig from Adobe shows off various websites with Flash Player 10.1 on a Palm Pre running webOS:
Source: Adobe Systems