Adobe said Flash Player 10.2 will be available in the Android Market for Android 2.2 and 2.3 smartphones and Android 3.0 tablets March 18.
Motorola Xoom owners need only wait one more week to download Adobe Flash
, which will be available via the Android Market as a beta,
Flash Player 10.2 will drop with general availability for Android 2.2
(Froyo) smartphones, such as the Motorola Atrix 4G and Android 2.3
(Gingerbread) devices, such as the Samsung Nexus S, that meet the Flash
hardware system requirements.
When Verizon Wireless began advertising the 10.1-inch Xoom
Android 3.0 "Honeycomb" tablet a few weeks ago,
eagle-eyed bloggers quickly noted that Flash would not be immediately available
for the iPad challenger when it launched Feb. 24.
this in a blog post three days before the Xoom
arrived, noting that Flash 10.2 would be available as an over-the-air download
on the Xoom and viable smartphones in late March.
Adobe Flash for Mobile Product Manager Antonio Flores provided more clarity
for the progress in a blog post March 11
, noting that the Flash maker has been working
closely with Google to make sure integration between Flash Player 10.2 and new
OS and browser capabilities in Android 3.0 was simpatico.
After the beta launch, Flash on the Xoom will receive subsequent updates,
leading to a general availability release of Flash Player 10.2 for Android 3.0.
Some of the new capabilities of Flash Player 10.2 for Android 3.0 include
hardware accelerated video presentation for H.264, leading to reduced CPU usage
and higher frame rates for existing H.264 video content.
Ideally, that means less latency on the Xoom and subsequent Honeycomb
tablets than what Android 2.2 smartphone users are accustomed to. This should
be a welcome reprieve for users who feel Flash exhibits too much latency for
video and games.
Flores also promised deeper integration of Flash
Player with the Android 3.0 browser to better render Web video content. Flash
Player can now render content as part of the Web page just as it smoothly
processes HTML, images and GIF animation.
This translates to better Web page scrolling, as well as support for
instances where HTML and other Web content are composited over Flash Player
However, Flash Player-rendered content will continue to be placed in a
separate window on top of HTML in the Android 2.2 and 2.3 browsers because
these browsers do not support the new Android 3.0 browser rendering model.
What smartphones based on Android 2.2 and 2.3 and powered by multicore,
GPU-enabled processors will get is better delivery of Flash videos, games and
other iWeb content.
This includes handsets such as the Atrix
4G, whose speedy performance with a dual-core 1GHx processor and Flash support
on AT&T's HSPA+ network make consuming
YouTube content and other video feel