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Smartphones to get mobile Flash player

Adobe Flash 10.1 comes to Windows Mobile and webOS

Adobe Flash Player logo

Adobe has announced plans to make its Flash video player available to most smartphone brands. 

According to comScore Media Metrix, approximately 75% of online videos viewed worldwide are delivered using Adobe Flash technology, making it the Number 1 format for video on the Web. Major broadcasters and media companies including Disney.com, MLB.com and DirecTV rely on the Adobe Flash Platform for delivering video on the Web, and the platform powers social network sites such as YouTube and MySpace.

Many mobile phone handsets are currently capable of playing Flash content, but using a ‘light’ version of the Flash Player which can run on mobile phone processors that are slower than those used in netbooks and laptops, for example.

Apple’s iPhone 3GS, in contrast, is not currently able to play Flash videos.

Flash Player 10.1 beta

Adobe today unveiled the Flash Player 10.1 software which is targeting smartphones, smartbooks, netbooks, PCs and other Internet-connected devices, ‘allowing content created using the Adobe Flash Platform to reach users wherever they are’. 

Beta versions of the Flash Player are expected to be available for Windows Mobile, Palm webOS and desktop operating systems including Windows, Macintosh and Linux later in 2009, with beta versions for Google Android and Symbian OS expected in early 2010. Adobe has also announced a collaboration with RIM to bring Flash Player to BlackBerry phones.

‘With Flash Player moving to new mobile platforms, users will be able to experience virtually all Flash technology based web content and applications wherever they are,’ said David Wadhwani, general manager and vice president, Platform Business Unit at Adobe. 

‘We are excited about the broad collaboration of close to 50 industry leaders in the Open Screen Project and the ongoing collaboration with 19 out of the top 20 handset manufacturers worldwide. It will be great to see first devices ship with full Flash Player in the first half of next year.’

 For more information about the Adobe Flash Platform visit www.adobe.com/flashplatform.

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