Mar 11 AT 12:47 PM Sean Riley 12 Comments

Adobe Flash Player 10.2 is confirmed for March 18th

If you are fortunate enough to have a phone with Android 2.2 or above (most of you) or a tablet with Android 3.0.1 or above (few of you) then set your calendar for March 18th as that is the day Adobe has selected to bestow upon you the new Flash Player 10.2 hotness.

You Xoomites (Xoomerians?) should be the most excited by this news as you are being delivered from the desert of Flashlessness that some tablets will wander blindly through forever. Just remember to update to the recently released 3.0.1 in order to be ready when the 18th rolls around. Adobe is putting a beta tag on this first release for Honeycomb tablets, but are promising additional updates in short order that will rip that tag off.

New features (beyond just enhanced performance) being touted by Adobe for Flash Player 10.2 include:

  • Hardware acceleration for H.264 video (Honeycomb only)
  • Deeper integration with the Android browser rendering engine (Honeycomb only)
    • Improved scrolling on web pages
    • Support for HTML and other content composited over Flash Player content
  • Automatic soft keyboard support

If you want some additional details you can hit the source link, but if you aren’t particularly worried about how the magic happens then just rest assured that next week Flash will be getting better (or will be added) to your mobile device.

Source: Adobe Blog

Sean has been with Android and Me for over 8 years and covering mobile for the last 9. He occasionally muses about gadgets and tech outside of the Android universe at Techgasms.

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  • http://Website Adam

    Really excited about this but concerned too. If Flash plays well on the Xoom it will be a major game changer but I have my doubts unfortunately.

    • http://Website hans

      Well,flash video plays pretty good on my Fascinate with some lag(right word?). So I have no doubt flash will run nearly flawlessly on the Xoom.

      • http://Website AdamJ

        Yes I find video playback to be decent on my Nexus S but Flash is not limited to video. My experience with full Flash sites has not been as good.

    • http://Website B

      Not following you. Flash, for the most part, plays well on existing Android phones. I would expect it to run well on dual core tablets with hardware acceleration, but why do you say it would be a game changer?

      • http://Website AdamJ

        If Adobe can get Flash to perform as well on mobile as it does on desktop it will prove that Apple was wrong and hopefully encourage developers to start using Flash again. I’m not just talking about video.

  • http://Website Hianz

    Hmm too bad only support for honeycomb :/

    Im excited how the hardware acceleration will perform on h264 @honeycomb since the Tegra 2 is only capable of 480p playback @yT

    • Sean Riley

      Just to be sure there is no confusion the update is for everything 2.2 (Froyo) and above; it is just that some of the features in the update aren’t supported on Froyo or Gingerbread.

  • http://Website Ruth

    Is this for every Phone tha got the update including the mytouch 3G?

  • Quakeboy

    Here is leaked Flash player 10.2 for Android

    • http://Website adam

      I was just going to point that out. I can say it runs much smoother and is less battery hungry. At least for my captivate. Don’t see why it wont run just as well on other devices, especially dual core phones/tablets.

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