Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Flash coming to smartphone in October

Flash Player 10 is on its way to smartphones. The CEO of Adobe Systems, Shantanu Naraye, “let it slip” during an investor call. This is great news if you have a device running Windows Mobile, Android, Symbian OS or Palm’s new Web OS. Naraye announced we will see a beta version for developers at Adobe’s MAX Conference in October. You noticed there are two major operating systems not mentioned, right? It looks as if BlackBerry and iPhone users will be left with those little blue error boxes in their mobile browsers.

Here’s Naraye’s exact words, via MobileCrunch:

We are bringing Flash Player 10 to smartphone class devices to enable the latest web browsing experience. Multiple partners have already received early versions of this release and we expect to release a beta version for developers at our MAX Conference in October. Google (NSDQ: GOOG)'s Android, Nokia (NYSE: NOK)'s Symbian OS, Windows Mobile, and the New Palm Web OS will be among the first devices to support web browsing with the newest Flash player.

Companies including ARM, NVIDIA (NSDQ: NVDA), Broadcom (NSDQ: BRCM), Intel (NSDQ: INTC), Texas Instruments (NYSE: TXN), and Qualcomm (NSDQ: QCOM) are optimizing Flash player for their processors and platforms. We continue to see momentum for the open stream project and now have 25 participants on board to use Flash as a consistent run-time across screens.

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