Adobe Demos Flash on Palm Pre at MWC

Adobe is using Mobile World Congress to showcase Flash on a variety of mobile platforms, most notably the Palm Pre. We are anticipating the release of webOS 1.4, which will support Flash, but will require a plug-in that will be available for download from the App Catalog. It’s unclear when the required Flash plug-in will be available once Palm webOS 1.4 hits. So, how does Flash perform on the Palm Pre? What can you expect? Sashca Segan of PC Magazine writes,

“The implementation runs both video and games, and once the video or game is running, it runs smoothly – but getting there felt sluggish. The Palm presenter blamed it on a very slow Internet connection. But Flash on the Nexus One definitely loaded more quickly and felt snappier.”

Segan goes on to write that we could be “potentially several months from this Flash implementation going live”. Perhaps our thinking that we’d see Flash on the Palm Pre in February was off base. Stay tuned.

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Adobe Flash Player for webOS Coming First Half of 2010

If you happen upon Adobe’s website in search of Flash Player, Adobe is now alerting owners of Palm webOS devices that it is coming in 2010. Adobe had originally promised Flash by the end of this year. They are expected to start beta testing this year.
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Adobe Promises Flash for Palm webOS by year’s end

Adobe today announced that Adobe Flash Player 10.1 will be availlable across a multitude of mobile platforms. Palm’s webOS will see Adobe Flash later this year. The introduction of Flash Player to webOS, allows for an expansion of content, applications and more on Palm webOS products like the Pre. Adobe Flash Player 10.1 was developed to run across PC’s, smartphones, netbooks and other devices. In the past, phones were only able to run a version of Flash dubbed Flash Lite. With phones like the Palm Pre using advanced processors, Adobe says it’s now possible to bring “full Flash capabilities to these devices“.

adobe-flash-sThere will be a lot of content that just works on the devices, and then some will have to be tailored, said Adrian Ludwig, Adobe’s group product marketing manager for the Flash Platform. “Fundamentally, right now if you are a web developer, or a mobile developer no one goes back and forth between the two. Now, if you have a great mobile idea, go ahead and build it and put it on a mobile device.”

Adobe promises an App-like experience within the browser, offering support for iPhone-like features including multi-touch, gesutres, accelerometer and screen orientation. Apple’s iPhone was noticably absent from today’s press release and will not support Flash Player 10.1. Those with a Palm Pre should expect to see an OTA (over the air) update sometime later this year. You can view a demo of Flash Player 10.1 on the Palm Pre at Adobe’s site. Those looking to partake in the public beta, can sign up at Adobe.

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