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Adobe Releases Flash Player 10.1 For Android

Software maker Adobe Systems has released Adobe Flash Player version 10.1 for Android-based devices.

Users with smartphones running Android 2.2 will be able to download the new Flash player from Google's Android Marketplace. Users of older versions of Android, and those with handsets using other operating systems will have to wait.

Adobe has released the Android version of its software together with code that will allow future devices using the Blackberry, webOS, Symbian, LiMo and Windows Phone operating systems to come pre-installed with the new software.

Flash 10.1 includes a number of features specially designed for mobile users, including optimised power consumption to extend smartphone battery life, multi-touch compatibility, auto-switching screen orientation and the ability to pause if the user switches to another application.

The software is currently not compatible with the Samsung's new Bada operating system, but Adobe and Samsung have said that they are currently in talks over the matter.

Adobe Flash Player remains unavailable for users of Apple devices.