It’s that time of year when Adobe gets set and makes some huge announcements for its future plans, partnerships and products. With Adobe MAX 2009 under way, there is some good news lined up for the mobile world. Adobe just made it official that full Flash Player support is coming to handsets like BlackBerry (just like we told you a while back), Palm (for webOS) and Windows Mobile handsets. Flash Player 10.1 is also going to be hitting several other smartphones as well as PCs and netbooks, so fret not. We know what you’re thinking – won’t this kill battery life and drain system resources? Adobe assured us that the coming version of Flash is optimized to conserve battery life and keep resource usage to a minimum, which means no lag or freezing up or instantly dead batteries. Another feature Adobe brings to mobile-optimized Flash is the ability to make use of native input methods, whether touchscreen or physical keys, multi-touch, accelerometer and screen orientation. It looks like Adobe is really pushing forward with the Open Screen Project, with RIM joining the ranks amongst other big companies, and making Flash a seamless experience across all devices. Sadly there’s no timetable on RIM’s Adobe support, but a public developer preview for webOS is expected to be out before the end of the year.
This news is pretty huge and somehow slipped the blogosphere over the last week, but Adobe Flash 10 has officially been available since October 15. Prior to that, it had only been a beta available for developers. There are many major new additions and upgrades to Adobe Flash, so sit tight and we’ll give you a quick run-through.
First, there is full-screen HD. That’s right, full-friggin’-screen high definition for Flash 10. Add to that the new enhancements for 3D effects are awesome (well, for you nitpickers who don’t hate Flash to begin with). The API makes it super easy to use in CS4 whereas you pretty much had to be an AS3 whiz to do some of the stuff that 3D graphics needed. The audio upgrades are also not lacking as the APIs will allow you to create and enhance sound. Developers can now also process, mix, and filter audio in real time. Another sweet feature is Flash 10’s ability to adjust video streaming as network conditions change. So, if your connection is constantly fluctuating between slow and fast, your video doesn’t have to become pixelated, freeze, or buffer every few seconds. That is a huge deal for everyone who is tired of suffering video quality.
Overall, there are just so many new additions and speed enhancements to Flash 10. Not much else we can say right now without droning on other than download it now if you haven’t already!
Thanks Jon P!