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Flash 10.2 beta reaches Android, performance still mixed

updated 11:40 am EDT, Fri March 18, 2011

Adobe posts rough Flash 10.2 beta for Android

Adobe as promised is launching its Flash 10.2 beta for Android devices on Friday. The update brings better performance for Flash on any dual-core phones using Android 2.2 or 2.3, such as the Atrix 4G, as well as the first instance of official support for Android 3.0 tablets. Company executives haven't given a timetable.

Along with news of the beta, Adobe has partly quelled doubts about the leaked build of 10.2 by seeding a more complete version of the beta to Engadget. Its testing produced mixed results. A Xoom could play 480p video smoothly, but it couldn't play 720p; a single-core Droid 2 also still choked on 480p even though it was an improvement.

The slow performance was due to only partial hardware acceleration support in the beta, Adobe VP Danny Winokur said. Although the Xoom is decoding video in hardware, full acceleration for it and other devices hasn't been turned on. Smooth 720p should come about when 10.2 is updated to get full support. It would also fix a problem with Flash on Android 3.0 not properly recognizing touch outside of full screen mode.

Many of the improvements should help overcome the early reputation of Flash on Android. While some sites already run properly, others bog the device down or hurt battery life by leaning heavily on a single-core processor that often couldn't handle the extra load. Hardware graphics acceleration and multi-core support would eliminate at least one of Apple's complaints by giving it acceptable performance. It might also improve battery life by using the more efficient video chipset, though it would still leave stability and touch friendliness as outstanding issues.

The beta is launching mostly to help Motorola match its marketing efforts by giving the Xoom the Flash support Motorola has been marketing heavily and trying to use as an edge over the iPad 2.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Foe Hammer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Still Passing On It

    HTML 5 will get rid of all the Flasholes.

  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Flasholes are a hardcore bunch that can't let go

    Having an edge over Apple is more important than all the negative issues they'll have to deal with. I'm very curious to see how the finished product turns out with no excuses necessary. I honestly don't care what happens with Flash or even if the Droidtards do have an edge nor do I want all the Flash developers or site programmers to lose their jobs. I'm only interested in seeing HTML5 become more prevalent. Only the high-end smartphone-using Droidtards are going to see some advantage of this new Flash. All the rest of the Android users will be stuck with single-core smartphones that probably won't take advantage of hardware acceleration. HTML5 would allow a wider base of smartphone users to enjoy the full internet, if that's even possible.

  1. azrich

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I wouldn't mind flash

    BUT only if There is a 'click to flash' or similar app available. Flash when/if I want it.

    In the mean time I'm not missing it on the iPad. There is one work related site where it would be helpful for me personally. I think most people are in the same boat, no?


  1. facebook_Justin

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    Joined: Mar 2011


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    Been Flash virus free for so many months now, I lost count. I don't use this virus at all on my Macs, they run so much better. Thank you Apple, I will continue buying your products.

  1. jfelbab

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Did the think we would...

    so quickly forget their critical zero-day exploit announced on Monday and is still un-patched? Just another in a long history of similar security issues with Flash.

    Adobe must think we are all stupid kids with zero-day memory retentivity.

    News Flash! I've dumped Flash over 6 months ago and don't miss it one bit. In fact web pages load much faster without this resource hog on my computer

  1. facebook_Al

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    Joined: Mar 2011



    I got rid of Flash as soon as Steve said it sucks. Who needs it? So what if I can't see 75% of all web site properly. If Steve said we don't need it, who am I to think for myself!! Steve knows that we love him and are grateful doe all the delicious, magical, s***, and oh so elegant overpriced products!! Steve doesn't care about profits, he really cares about us!! Let's face it, all products without an Apple logo are clunky, junky, and crappy!!

    Gooooo Steve!!!! I have to go now and Pay Apple $40 for a $2 dongle to hang off the bottom of my iPad!!! Then I'm going to spend a couple hundred on "apps"!!!

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