It’s been a while coming, but Adobe’s Flash Player 10.1 has now ditched its Beta status. Released today to coincide with the ongoing Adobe conference in San Francisco, Flash Player 10.1.92.8 is available in the market for compatible devices, namely Nexus Ones running Froyo. As with all Market releases, there are some quirks with the releases availability, so don’t be surprised if it’s not appearing for you even though it should be.
We’re making the trek out to San Francisco to attend Adobe’s Android Summit on Monday, August 16, 2010. The schedule looks to be chock full of events with a total of 8 presentations on topics such as:
- Adobe AIR for Android
- Flash for Android
- Gaming on Android
- Google TV
They’ve also allotted nearly 3 hours of time for Q&A and discussion, so if you want your questions answered by Adobe folks directly in charge of driving the products, drop us a line and let us know what you want to hear about.
Adobe has given us a nice taste of what Air is capable of. Using the upcoming version 2.5, Adobe developer Mark Doherty created a demo of video calling on Android on two Nexus Ones, which he cleverly called “FlashTime” (a not-so-subtle jab at Apple’s FaceTime.)
Doherty tells us that Air 2.5 adds support for many features, including use of cameras and microphones on a device, and that the Android version is on par feature-wise with its desktop equivalent; however, though these features are “working,” he also tells us that they may not make it into the final release of Air.
What Is Adobe AIR for Android?
First, some background on Adobe Air (from Adobe Air’s official site):
Adobe® AIR® will let you publish ActionScript 3 projects to run as native applications (.apk) for the Android OS. These AIR applications can be delivered to Android devices through Android application stores such as the Android Market.
Developers can write new code or reuse existing web content to build AIR applications for the Android OS.
As you may remember, Adobe had a bit of a falling out with Apple last month, and vowed to instead gun for Android at full speed. With that announcement, we found out that the private Air/Flash beta has been a huge success with developers, with some porting their apps from Flash/Air to Android in a matter of hours.
The recent drama over Apple’s rejection of Adobe technology caused quite a stir online, generating a large number of blog posts, massive amounts of commentary, a fair share of whining, and much hating. With Adobe finally resigned to the fact that they were effectively shut out of the iPhone (at least for now), it seems like the Android community is getting much more attention suddenly, as previously reported by Android Police and others.
You can’t say you didn’t see it coming! Adobe have officially given up on any kind of development efforts for Flash and Flash tools for the iPhone, just days after announcing that a public beta of Flash is planned for Android.
After months of trying to convince Apple to allow Flash on the iPhone OS, Adobe banked big on its ‘Packager for iPhone’ application which was supposed to ship with the CS5 suite released a few days ago.
Queue the sad trombone.
Apparently, when Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen said:
If Twitter and a few online forum posts are to be believed, Adobe had some interesting things to say about Flash hitting Android yesterday at FlashCamp, a mini-conference for developers held at Adobe's San Francisco offices.
Details are still somewhat sparse, as we're piecing them together from various sources around the web, but it appears that Adobe not only raffled off a Nexus One and demoed a few flash games on Android, but they also announced that Flash would run exclusively on Froyo builds and higher, and that both Froyo and Flash would be released in May.
Another day, another delay. Recently, Fox Business News sat down with Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen to talk about their new Creative Suite 5 and the controversy regarding Apple excluding Flash from their recent software updates when he let slip that a mobile version of Flash on a variety of platforms, including Android, will be available in the second half of the year.
You can find full video here, but I've excerpted the juicy bits below: