Coming to a Smartphone Near You: Adobe Flash Player 10 Beta
Article by George Norman
On 23 Jun 2009
Adobe, the California-based company that specializes in creating multimedia and creativity software products, has announced that it will release a Beta version of Flash Player 10 for smartphone users all over the world. The software will be rolled out to the masses this October at Adobe MAX 2009, announced CEO Shantanu Naraye.

“We are bringing Flash Player 10 to smartphone class devices to enable the latest web browsing experience,” commented Naraye. “Multiple partners have already received early version of this release and we expect to release a beta version for developers at our Max conference in October. Google’s Android, Nokia’s Symbian OS, Windows Mobile and the new Palm Web OS will be the first devices to support web browsing with the new Flash player.”

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Flash Player is a feature that smartphone users have long been asking for, and it is nice to see Adobe finally cater to the needs of Android, Symbian and WinMo-powered device owners. But there is one noticeable absence from the list of smartphones that will get Adobe’s Flash Player 10 – the iPhone and its OS 3.0. Since Adobe’s CEO, Shantanu Narayen, announced at the start of the year that the two companies are working together to bring Flash Player to the iPhone, we will assume that the software will eventually make its way to the Apple developed smartphone.

“It’s a hard technical challenge, and that’s part of the reason Apple and Adobe are collaborating. The ball is in our court. The onus is on us to deliver,” said Naraye back in February.

On the other hand, Apple may be betting on the fact that HTML5 will kill off Adobe Flash, but until that happens iPhone owners will have to keep looking at other smartphone users as they play with embedded videos and interactive elements.

In related news, there will be one other noticeable software launch this October: Microsoft, Adobe's close colabolator at least in terms of security, has officially announced that Windows 7 will reach GA (General Availability) status and will hit the stores on the 22nd of October(details here).



Tags: Adobe, Flash Player 10 Beta, Smartphone, Android, Symbian, Windows Mobile, iPhone
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