Tag Archive: Adobe


slightly backtracked on its plans to drop mobile Flash entirely Monday after it stated that there was one more version coming to support Android 4.0. Where it had previously said Flash 11.1 was the last version, the company told Pocket-lint one more version would come to support the Galaxy Nexus and future devices before the end of the year. An update was also coming for the Flash Linux Porting Kit on a similar schedule.

It’s not apparent why Adobe was making the exception. Adobe may be following up on an obligation to Google, which began promoting and bundling Flash on Android and the Chrome browser, respectively. Google has been a supporter of HTML5, but it may also want Flash for one last generation of phones.

The news will still rule out any support for Jelly Bean, the next major revision of Android after 4.0. While this will lead to many 2012 Android phones and tablets still supporting Flash, it will lead to some high-end phones in the second half of the year having to rely on web standards for video and complex web apps instead of the proprietary plugin.

Companies like HTC, Motorola, Samsung, and Toshiba may be the most affected by the switch. These have often made Flash a major and sometimes central focus of their marketing but will now have to compete more on their own features than on third-party extras they don’t control.

Thanks: Electronista



As promised yesterday, Adobe has released Flash for Mac OS X, Windows, Linux and Solaris along with version 3 of AIR, it’s cross-platform development environment. Both products bring with them new support for Stage 3D, the overall name for hardware-accelerated 2D and 3D graphics that Adobe claims can result in up to 1,000 times faster rendering performance over Flash 10 and AIR 2. The updates also bring new mobile features for Android, Blackberry OS and — in the case of AIR — iOS.

Flash 11 now features native 64-bit support on all three major platforms, and adds H.264/AVC software encoding for cameras. Also included is content protection support for mobile devices, meaning broadcasters can protect content without the complexity of a license server, and add advertising into streaming Flash programs.

The update also sports a number of developer improvements, including native JSON support, G.711 audio compression for telephony use, enhanced high-resolution bitmap support and TLS Secure Sockets and Protected HTTP dynamic streaming.

Adobe AIR 3 now includes native extensions for AIR, captive runtime support, Android Licensing Service support, new front-facing camera support for Android and many of the same developer improvements as Flash 11, with the addition of Stage Video hardware acceleration, H.264/AVC camera encoding, native text input for mobile devices, digital surround sound for TV devices, background audio support for iOS devices, encrypted local storage and 16- and 32-bit color depth for Android among other tweaks and changes.

The Adobe AIR download is approximately 22MB (varies by OS), while the Flash 11 update is approximately 14MB. For Macs, both require an Intel-based Mac running OS X 10.6 or later.

Thanks: Electronista


Earlier this week, Microsoft announced that the Metro version of Internet Explorer 10 for the upcoming Windows 8 operating system would not support plug-in programs. That caused many in the industry to speculate that web sites that were made to be run on Adobe’s popular Flash tools might soon be a thing of the past, to be replaced by sites that use HTML5. Now Adobe has issued its own statement about Windows 8 and its support of Flash in a post on its official blog.

Adobe states, “We expect Windows desktop to be extremely popular for years to come (including Windows 8 desktop) and that it will support Flash just fine, including rich web based games and premium videos that require Flash.” Adobe also said that it expects that Flash based programs will run on Windows 8 via its Flash AIR development tools.

Adobe added that the company is “about enabling content publishers and developers to deliver the richest experiences for their users, independent of technology, including HTML5 and Flash. We are working closely with Microsoft, Google, Apple and others in the HTML community to drive innovation in HTML5, to make it as rich as possible for delivering world-class content on the open Web and through App Stores. We are excited about the innovation and opportunities that are available to our customers and Adobe as the web and platforms evolve across devices, including Windows 8 and Metro.”

Microsoft issued the first developers preview version of Windows 8, with the new Metro version of IE 10, earlier this week as part of its BUILD Conference. The public can go ahead and download the free developers preview from Microsoft’s web site, but keep in mind that it lacks a number of features that will be in the final version of Windows 8.

Thanks: Neowin