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Adobe Unveils Full Flash Runtime For Mobile Devices

Adobe today announced the plans for its latest iteration of Flash player software, Flash Player 10.1, which is expected to be released sometime later this year for beta testing and it can also run on smartphones too.

Currently most smartphones and even some netbooks run a “light” version of the software and the new initiative from Adobe is likely to allow for more creative and visually appealing content to be displayed on smartphones.

Adobe is taking a number of steps to increase the popularity of its Flash software and has announced by 2010, most high smartphone will run the software though iPhone is still likely to remain an exception.

It is important to note that Flash software today is used to run nearly 75 percent of all online video and Adobe also claims that it is installed on nearly 98 percent of all PCs.

The Flash Player 10.1 incidentally happens to be the first consistent runtime release of the much vaunted Open Screen Project which is designed to enable “uncompromised web browsing of expressive applications” and high definition content across different devices.

Expressing his satisfaction at the new development, David Wadhwani, general manager of Platform Business Unit at Adobe mentioned “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.”

Our Comments

Flash is possibly the most common piece of application in the world, on par with Adobe's Acrobat software. Full flash means that things that were long stuck on the desktop will be available for everyone else. That said the tens of millions of iPhone and iPod Touch users have yet to get the joy of Flash on their devices. How long would they have to wait for?

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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.