In an interview with the New York Times, Andy Rubin, VP of Engineering at Google, put to rest all the rumors and confirmed that the upcoming Android 2.2 release known as “Froyo” will include support for Adobe Flash. Flash for Android was first demonstrated on the T-Mobile G1 back in November 2008 and the Android community has been waiting with growing impatience for this feature to launch on their open source mobile platform. Though Rubin was generous in sharing the Adobe Flash information, he failed to disclose even a tentative launch date for Android 2.2. Android fans are now left in the unenviable position of knowing that Flash support is coming in the next release but still relying on the rumor mill to predict when the release might rollout. For those who are keeping track, the latest guesstimate points to a May unveiling. More →
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!