Adobe introduces Flash Player 10.1 as RIM joins OSP

Adobe introduces Flash Player 10.1 as RIM joins OSP
Adobe has introduced Flash Player 10.1. This version of the software will allow smartphones, smartbooks, netbooks, PC's and other internet connected devices to view content made with the Adobe Flash platform across different platforms. Developers can save money by reusing code and lowering the costs of creating, testing and running content over different operating systems and browsers. And 10.1 can be easily updated across all supported platforms, a feature that allows innovation to quickly move the web ahead. A public developer beta of the browser-based runtime is expected to be available for webOS, Windows Mobile and desktop systems like Windows, Mac, and Linux later this year. Public betas for Android and Symbian are expected to be out in early 2010. Additionally, there is good news for BlackBerry owners as Adobe and Rim have formed a joint collaboration to bring Flash Player to BlackBerry smartphones.

With RIM officially joining the Open Screen Project, "RIM will be working with Adobe to deliver a great Flash technology experience on BlackBerry smartphones and to enable users to enjoy the exciting content and services that Flash technology developers and content creators are bringing to the Web," said Alan Brenner, Senior V.P. at Research In Motion. The number of industry leaders in the OSP now stands at close to 50.

Flash Player 10.1 will also be sensitive to issues like battery life. The software uses the GPU (Grraphics Processing Unit) for quick running video and graphics while keeping battery use to a minimum. It will also take advantage of the native capabilities of each mobile device. Things like multi-touch, changing screen orientation and the use of gestures will be used in the Flash Player to increase the creative control and expressiveness of mobile browsing.

source: Adobe

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