iPhone misses out as Adobe brings Flash video to Android phones


Adobe has made long-awaited updates to its Flash video player to support Google's Android phone platform, but iPhone users will still miss out. Adobe, whose Flash software delivers most video viewed online and made YouTube possible, also said it believed Apple would eventually bow to market pressure and include Flash on the iPhone and the new iPad tablet computer.

Apple has until now rejected Flash on these grounds, and has also said Flash is "buggy," blaming it for instances of its Mac computers crashing -- although almost every other device manufacturer, including hundreds of brand names -- supports it. On Monday, at the start of the week-long Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, Adobe unveiled Adobe AIR for mobile devices, which provides developers tools to create Flash applications to be delivered through application stores for a variety of devices.


It also announced a trial version of Flash Player 10.1, which for the first time provides a single kit for developers to deliver Flash applications via the Web to any screen, including desktop PCs, notebooks and phones.

A beta of Flash Player 10.1 has been made available to content providers and mobile developers worldwide, with the general availability expected in the first half of 2010.

“We are excited about the progress with Flash Player 10.1 and the work that developers, content publishers and close to 70 partners in the Open Screen Project have done so far as part of the beta program,” said David Wadhwani, general manager and vice president, Platform Business at Adobe. “With the Flash Platform further advancing on mobile devices, we enable developers and content publishers to deliver to any screen, so that consumers have open access to their favorite interactive media, content, and applications across platforms.”

Adobe AIR enables developers to deliver Web applications 'outside the browser' with specific functionality offered by mobile operating systems and devices such as multi-touch, gesture inputs, accelerometer, geolocation and screen orientation.

Developers using Adobe Flash Professional CS5 with the Adobe Packager for iPhone can reuse their iPhone application code to create the same application for Android.



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