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Flash demoed live on Pre at Adobe MAX developer conference

by Derek Kessler Tue, 06 Oct 2009 2:56 pm EDT

Adobe Max Flash 10.1 Presentation

Yesterday was all sorts of crazy as far as Palm news is concerned, so we’re still doing some catch-up. Example: Flash 10.1 was shown off live and in person on a Palm Pre at Adobe MAX, Adobe’s worldwide developer conference. The demo appears to have covered the same activities as that video that Adobe posted early yesterday, but the presentation itself included slides with a bit more detail on Flash 10.1, and our friend Buck was there with a camera snapping away.

According to the slides, Flash Player 10.1’s smartphone version comes with the multitouch and accelerometer support we’ve known about for some time, supports HTTP video streaming, has built-in content protection mechanisms, can work with peer-assisted networking, and has been optimized for memory and power consumption while taking advantage of hardware [GPU] acceleration. Of course, webOS needs to be ramped up to take advantage of that GPU first, but we’re talking a few months down the road still.

Adobe Max Flash 10.1 Presentation

That memory consumption optimization they were talking about is evident in this handy bar graph, which shows usage rates that are 45-70% lower than current Flash 10 allocations. For a multi-tasking mobile device like the Pre, we’ll take all the memory hogging reductions we can get!

Adobe Max Flash 10.1 Presentation

Next up is battery life, which Adobe generalized with a generic cell phone. In Active State with Video (i.e. you’re watching a Flash video), Adobe estimates battery life of 3.4 hours. Not fantastic, but enough to get through a movie on a plane with battery to spare. Of course, video isn’t the only thing Flash is used for, and when working with animation instead (e.g. many current Flash games) Adobe estimates that you could get up to 6.5 hours out of the phone. And if you turn down the screen brightness and turn off the radios? 14.5 hours. Obviously, with the Pre’s multi-tasking OS and background notifications and everything else we don’t expect our favorite little smartphone to get quite those numbers, but its nice to know that Adobe has done so serious power consumption management to be able to claim these numbers.

Buck sent us a few more pictures of the demo below, covering the same things (even the same game) as the aforementioned video.

Adobe Max Flash 10.1 Presentation

Adobe Max Flash 10.1 Presentation

Adobe Max Flash 10.1 Presentation

Adobe Max Flash 10.1 Presentation