Adobe Flash Player 10.1 Improved for Smart Phones

The new Adobe Flash Player 10.1 will be unveiled next week to about 5,000 attendees at Adobe’s annual worldwide developers conference, MAX 2009, at the Los Angeles Convention Center next week.

The new Flash player will work on a wide variety of netbooks, smart phones, TV set top boxes, smart phones and other devices, except iPhone. Adobe is still working on an iPhone version, but they are waiting for ‘additional cooperation from Apple’. Adobe is going to work with Research In Motion to bring Flash to BlackBerry.

Adobe says Flash is now on 98 percent of desktop computers, while 40 percent of mobile phones ship with Flash Lite. According to Adobe, engineers have increased Flash’s operating performance by 87 percent and reduced memory consumption by 55 percent in this new version.

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The public developer beta of the updated Flash will be available for the Windows Mobile and Palm’s operating systems later this year and for Google’s Android and Nokia’s Symbian platforms in early 2010.

But that last mobile handset developer is a big one. Even though Flash will be less resource-intensive on mobile devices, which has been a drawback in the past, Apple Inc. still isn’t allowing it on the iPhone. [via]

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