At the Mobile World Congress conference in Barcelona, Adobe Systems says its Flash Platform technology-AIR and Flash Player-is taking off with smartphones and tablets.
At the Mobile World Congress
conference for everything mobile, Adobe Systems
announced accelerated momentum for its Flash
Platform technology on mobile devices.
Indeed, at MWC in Barcelona, Spain, Adobe officials said developers and
content publishers can now deploy Adobe AIR
applications to the more than 84 million
smartphones and tablets running Android
. Thousands of applications have been created and made
available on Android Market
and Apple's App Store
Moreover, by the end of 2011, Adobe expects more than 200 million
smartphones and tablets to support Adobe AIR
applications. For examples of popular AIR
applications for Android and iOS, visit m.flash.com
In addition, Adobe announced that more than 20 million smartphones were
shipped or upgraded with Adobe Flash Player 10.1
software on over 35 certified
devices in the first six months following the launch. And for 2011, the company
expects Flash Player to be supported on more than 132 million units worldwide.
More than 50 tablets are expected to support Flash Player in 2011 alone, Adobe
said. And using Adobe Creative Suite 5
tools, more than 3 million Adobe Flash Platform
developers are now able to author
content across a substantial number of devices for both Flash Player and AIR.
"We are thrilled to see mobile adoption of Flash Player and AIR
exceeding even our own expectations, with much more to come in the months
ahead," said David Wadhwani, senior vice president of the Creative and
Interactive Solutions Business Unit at Adobe, in a statement. "This is
tremendous progress toward ensuring that mobile users everywhere have access to
their favorite content from casual games to Web video and enterprise
applications regardless of what device they are using. And, our CS5 customers
are excited about the ability to easily extend their creative work across
millions of mobile devices."
Also at MWC, Adobe is showcasing the latest release of Flash Player-Flash Player 10.2
-along with additional performance
advancements at the conference. The new release includes support for innovative
new features including Stage Video
, which delivers improved video performance
through optimizing hardware acceleration on mobile devices, desktops and TVs.
Stage Video decreases processor and memory usage while enabling higher frame
rates and improved video quality. Test results show up to 80 percent CPU savings
when playing back video in 1080p on Windows and Mac OS. Stage Video support for
mobile devices will be available on Android 3.0 "Honeycomb" and BlackBerry Tablet OS
. Existing H.264 video content on the
Web will benefit from Stage Video on mobile platforms without any changes to
the content, Adobe said.
As a key element of the Adobe Flash Platform, AIR
enables developers to leverage existing code to create and deliver stand-alone
applications across devices and platforms. Adobe AIR
supports smartphones and tablets based on Android, iOS, BlackBerry Tablet OS,
and desktops including Windows, Macintosh and Linux operating systems.
Adobe officials said Samsung is the first television manufacturer to ship
Adobe AIR in its line of Samsung SmartTV
devices. With Adobe AIR,
developers are able to use familiar tools including Adobe Flash Professional CS5
, Adobe Flash Builder
to build rich stand-alone multiscreen applications.
Thousands of apps are already currently available on Android Market, Apple's App Store
, Adobe InMarket
and Intel AppUp center
, Adobe said.
Adobe AIR enables rich application
experiences through a series of features, including support for accelerometer,
camera, video, microphone, multitouch and gestures, Adobe said. Support for geolocation
allows developers to create location-based
applications and services. AIR is also able
to display native browser controls within the application, allowing for the
integration of HTML and .SWF content. With SQLite support developers can easily
store and cache databases inside an AIR
Meanwhile, Adobe's Flash Player is available today on Android, HP WebOS
and Google TV
. BlackBerry Tablet OS, future versions of Windows Phone
, Samsung SmartTV and others are also expected to
support Flash Player. For a list of certified devices, visit http://www.adobe.com/flashplatform/supported_devices/smartphones.html