Adobe Flash 10.1 Announced and Demo'd on the Pre | webOS Nation

Adobe Flash 10.1 Announced and Demo'd on the Pre

by Jason Robitaille Mon, 05 Oct 2009 11:12 pm EDT

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We've known since February that webOS and Palm Pre would be getting Adobe Flash by the end of 2009. Well, it's October and although we've heard things we still on track, the lack of news certainly did seem a bit troubling... until today.

Today Adobe made their big Flash Player 10.1 announcement, mostly confirming what we already knew:

Adobe Systems Incorporated today unveiled Adobe Flash Player 10.1 software for smartphones, smartbooks, netbooks, PCs and other Internet-connected devices, allowing content created using the Adobe Flash Platform to reach users wherever they are. A public developer beta of the browser-based runtime is expected to be available for Windows® Mobile, Palm® webOS and desktop operating systems including Windows, Macintosh and Linux later this year.

Certainly encouraging talk there; it's nice to see webOS mentioned specifically. What's even more interesting is the press release then continues going on, mentioning how Flash 10.1 is able to utilize the GPU for better performance.  Whether that means this means the webOS version will use the GPU is not mentioned, but that'd certainly be a good way to make flash less CPU-intensive.

In addition, Adobe has posted a video demonstration of Flash 10.1 on the Pre.   It's definitely worth a watch.  Seems to support webOS pretty well.  We previously heard device orientation and multi-touch is supported, but now we know Flash is integrated to save its state before switching to card view, saving processing power (and thus battery power) and giving an overall better user experience.

Although this demonstration only showed pretty basic examples of flash usage, it's still pretty exciting and could have far reaching future implications. If flash were done successfully, with GPU support, it certainly wouldn't be too difficult to make flash-based webOS apps.

Also, if you're a developer and want to be notified by email when the public beta of Flash 10.1 is ready for the webOS, Adobe has set up a form here.

So who wants to start the release date guessing?

Thanks to everyone that sent this in!