Flash 10.2 Coming to Android 3 and PlayBook with GPU Acceleration

Posted by at 10:26 am on February 14, 2011

Adobe at Mobile World Congress said that Flash 10.2 was coming to both Android 3.0 devices like the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the BlackBerry PlayBook. As it does on Macs and PCs,  Flash 10.2 will support both  Stage Video and GPU acceleration to take much of the load off the processor. The shift should significantly extend battery life and lead to smoother performance as a whole, Adobe said.

No timeline was given for when 10.2 would arrive, but it was implied that Flash 10.2 would come to phones and by extension that Android 3.0 might as well. Most believe so far that Ice Cream, Android 2.4, is the version to bring some 3.0 features to non-tablet hardware.

AIR Mobile Support

Along with the software update, Adobe added that about 84 million devices currently supported AIR either directly or through compiling it into a native app, such as through Android or iOS. It anticipated about 200 million having support by the end of 2011. The software developer didn’t say how many of these it thought would use Android, BlackBerry Tablet OS or iOS.

Native mobile Flash has shipped on 20 million devices so far, or about 12 percent of all smartphones. About 50 upcoming tablets will have full Flash support this year.

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