Whats new in Flash Player 10.2 for Android

Posted by March 12, 2011

Adobe has announced that Flash Player 10.2 will be available for Android on March 18, 2011. This release will be available for  Android 2.2 (Froyo) and 2.3 (Gingerbread) devices which meet the Flash Player hardware system requirements.

Here is the list of new feature in Flash Player 10.2 over 10.1

  1. Hardware accelerated video presentation for H.264 (Android 3.0.1+ only): the update will leverage the Stage Video rendering pipeline to enable users of Android 3.0 tablets to enjoy smooth playback of high-definition. Users will experience reduced CPU usage and higher frame rates for existing H.264 video content.
  2. Deeper integration with the Android browser rendering engine (Android 3.0.1+ only):  Flash Player can now render content as part of the web page along with other components such as HTML, images and gif animation. As a result, users will experience:
    • Improved scrolling on web pages
    • Support for HTML and other content composited over Flash Player content.
      Flash Player rendered content will continue to be placed in a separate window on top of HTML in the Android 2.2 and 2.3 browsers, as these browsers do not support the new Android 3.0 browser rendering model.
  3. Enhanced performance for the latest smartphones and tablets: Experience performance improvements designed to take advantage of the current generation of multi-core, GPU-enabled processors to deliver Flash videos, games and other interactive Web content on the latest smartphones and tablets.
  4. Automatic soft keyboard support : users of touch screen devices will enjoy a more optimized experience interacting with rich content that requires keyboard input. This feature simplifies the development of multiscreen applications that require keyboard input, making it easier for developers to optimize desktop applications for mobile devices.

From the above details its clear that all new feature belong to Android 3.0.1 or above. It is still not clear if there is any major improvement for  Android 2.2 (Froyo) and 2.3 (Gingerbread) . I am really disappointed with adobe as this release support Android 2.2 (Froyo) and 2.3 (Gingerbread) but still they have not listed any feature for these versions.

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