Adobe Flash Player for smartphones (beta) Video
Adobe Flash Player for smartphones (beta) Video Transcript
>>If you haven't been aware there's a battle raging between Apple and Adobe over which technology is best for handling interactive websites on the mobile browser. Apple says that Adobe's Flash Player is old news but Adobe has been aggressively backing its product. The Flash capability will let you play a Flash video and online games and view the full range of websites. I'm Jessica Dolcourt with CNET. Let's take a look. Here we have the pre-released beta version of Flash Player 10.1 running on a pre-released version of the Android 2.2 operating system. These versions we're testing aren't as staples. The final version should be and we did find some bugs but as you can see viewing Flash sites and streaming video works pretty well. Images are relatively smooth and many sites we visited replicated the desktop experience but on the phone's smaller form. If some sites detect your visiting from a mobile phone they might still launch the built-in media player instead of stream video from the browser. Note that the popular video streaming site Hulu won't work on mobile devices even with Flash installed because Hulu.com blocks mobile phone access. While pinching and zooming the screen worked better on some sites than on others, we do appreciate the zoom logic that helps resize a video to fit your phone's landscape mode. Adobe tells us that Flash Player will support H.246 video but that's not active in the release version we've got here. As with video playing sites the Flash game sites that work best have made changes that alter a wide-screen aspect ratio and adds support for phone hardware like trackballs and accelerometers. There are a few other features going on behind the scenes that you won't see. First, Flash Player 10.1 beta will only render the portion of the web page that you see on the screen which will help it load faster and save on resources. It also slows down when your phone goes into sleep mode. In addition, the Flash Player will pause, indifference to incoming calls. Right now Adobe has only integrated with Google's native browser not with alternatives like Dolphin browser. Flash Player 10.1 beta will work right away for Nexus One Android phones running Android 2.2 and will be compatible with other Android models that upgrade to the new operating system. Flash Player will ship already installed on new devices. To give it a try you can download the beta from the Android Market and from Labs.Adobe.com. Look for the full release on June 17 and keep an eye out for Flash Player 10.1 beta on other mobile platforms. I'm Jessica Dolcourt from CNET and this has been your first look at Flash for Android phones.
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