Adobe Releases Flash 10.1 to Android Market
Adobe Systems this week moved its much-anticipated Flash 10.1 release out of beta and onto Google's Android Market, making the full-function multimedia application available for all mobile devices running the Android 2.2 mobile operating system.
Adobe (NASDAQ: ADBE) officials said Flash 10.1 delivers smoother content with hardware acceleration and supports multitouch and gesture controls, giving smartphone users the ability to quickly access and play online videos, games and other multimedia applications.
The transition out of beta testing comes at a time when Adobe and Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) are feuding over the security and performance of Flash for mobile devices.
In recent months, Apple CEO Steve Jobs has demonized Adobe's Flash, saying the application was "the No. 1 reason Macs crash." Jobs has yet to relent from his position even though most of the rest of mobile device and smartphone universe has embraced the applications just as they have Adobe's popular Acrobat applications and PDF format.
As a result, for the time being, Flash is persona non grata for Apple's wildly popular iPhone and iPad devices.
Meanwhile, the debut of several new Android-based devices could further widen the chasm between Apple and the Flash-supporting world.
Last week, Verizon and Motorola rolled out the Droid 2, the fourth new smartphone released running the latest version of Android 2.2, also known as "Froyo." Other smartphones released in the past few months that are running older versions of the Android mobile OS will have an opportunity to upgrade to 2.2 for free over the air, company officials said.
Android clearly has plenty of momentum right now. According to Gartner's second-quarter smartphone report, Android-based devices such as Motorola's Droid X and Spint's HTC EVO 4 were the fastest-growing segment of the white-hot smartphone market, totaling more than 10.6 million units sold in the three-month period.
In fact, the Android mobile OS overtook Apple's iPhone OS as the No. 1 mobile OS in the U.S. and passed it for third place in the worldwide market, behind only Nokia's Symbian and Research In Motion's BlackBerry OSes, according to the researcher.