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FLASH,BANG – Adobe Flash 10.2 Coming To Handsets As Well As Honeycomb

February 14, 2011 - Written By Chris Yackulic

Adobe has made maximum use of the MWC 2011 platform to let the world know of its plans to bring Flash 10.2 on to smartphones. An announcement at the Barcelona podium meant that developers and content publishers will soon be able to incorporate Adobe AIR applications in more than 84 million smartphones and tablets PC that run operating systems such as Android and iOS.

If plans work out as per schedule, the company will have more than 200 million smartphones and tablets supporting Adobe AIR applications by the end of 2011.

According to Adobe, more than 20 million smartphones were shipped or upgraded with Adobe Flash Player 10.1 software.

Also this year, the company will see to it that Flash Player will be supported on more than 132 million units on a global level. These apart,  over 50 tablets are said to be gearing up for lending support to Flash Player this year.

Adobe feels that the mobile adoption of Flash Player and AIR has been growing beyond expectations.

The Flash Player 10.2 supports innovative new features such as Stage Video – that delivers much improved video performance through optimizing hardware acceleration on mobile devices, desktops and TVs.

One awesome aspect about  Stage Video is that it reduces processor and memory usage while enabling higher frame rates and improved video quality.

It has been testified that up to 80 percent CPU savings have been recorded when playing back video in 1080p on Windows and Mac OS.

Adobe will be making effective the use of Stage Video support for mobile devices on Android 3.0 Honeycomb and BlackBerry Tablet OS too. Doesn’t that sound fabulous?

Google had to specifically add new capabilities in Honeycomb to let Flash 10.2 take full advantage of hardware. In short, if Flash 10.2 requires Android 3.0 and Flash 10.2 is headed to phones soon, the transitive property of equality suggests that Android 3.0 will soon appear on smartphones as well.

Up until recently Google’s been notoriously tight-lipped about when Honeycomb will come to cellular handsets.

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