Motorola started rolling out a software update for the Xoom just hours ago. Many Xoom owners hoped that this update would bring Flash 10.2 to the tablet.
However, according to Motorola this update will prepare the Android 3.0 Honeycomb based tablet for Flash 10.2. Now, Adobe has finally broken its silence and announced that Flash 10.2 is coming to Android based tablets and handsets next week!
Flash 10.2 will be available for all the Android handsets running 2.2 (FroYo) or Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), which meet the minimum system requirements. For the Honeycomb version, Flash 10.2 will be released with a beta’ tag, and will be available only if users have installed the v3.0.1 OTA update.
Flash 10.2 will bring with a number of performance enhancements including enhanced performance and support for Nvidia Tegra 2 based handsets and tablets. Flash 10.2 will also bring these changes :
- Improved scrolling of web pages;
- Uncompromised viewing of rich, immersive content in the way intended by the page designer, including support for instances where HTML and other web content is composited over Flash Player rendered 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.
Flash 10.2 will also be able to hardware accelerate H.264 videos for Android 3.0.1+ based tablets and improved scrolling of web pages as Flash content will be rendered as a part of the web browser, itself.
Adobe will release Flash Player 10.2 for both mobiles and tablets, next week on March 18th.
It has hardly been a month since Motorola released the first Android 3.0 Honeycomb based tablet to the consumers in the United States, the Xoom.
Today, Motorola has started rolling out a new software update for the Xoom, which includes ‘numerous enhancements’ and will prepare the tablet for the future Flash 10.2 update as well. The update also improves the daylight savings time feature on the device.
Keep in mind, that this update will prepare the Xoom for Flash 10.2, and not actually install it!
Xoom owners, who have rooted their tablet, must restore it back to its original state so as to receive the OTA update. The OTA update can be downloaded either via 3G or via Wi-Fi. The update will be gradually rolled out in phases to all Xoom owners beginning from today.
Xoom owners who have rooted the device, can flash it back to stock by following these steps.
Hopefully, Adobe will release the Flash 10.2 update for the tablet soon now. When released, Xoom owners can download Adobe Flash 10.2 from the Android Market.
One of the most used video software in the world just got a major update today. Adobe has released the new version of Flash; Flash 10.2 for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X.
Flash 10.2 has been in development for a while now and addresses several issues in the software. Flash has traditionally been one of the major reasons for browser crashes in Firefox and Google Chrome, and hopefully this new version should tackle many of the issues.
Flash 10.2 has also added support for full hardware acceleration through a new feature called Stage Video. Hardware acceleration will allow Flash to play high quality videos while using less processing power thus enhancing user experience providing users with longer battery life. According to Adobe, Flash 10.2 is 34 time more efficient than the previous versions.
Flash Player using Stage Video can effortlessly play beautiful 1080p HD video with just 1-15% CPU usage on a common Mac or Windows computer* working across platforms and browsers, it will enable the best video experience for the most people. Many millions of additional PCs, from netbooks to desktops, can now become slick HD home theaters on the web.
One of the biggest problems I have faced while using Flash on a dual-monitor setup is the inability to play full screen videos on one screen while you work on another screen. Flash 10.2 addresses this issue and allows users to play full-screen videos on one screen while you continue working on another.
For the entire list of new features in Flash 10.2 visit the official blog post. You can also download Flash 10.2 for Windows, Mac and Linux from here. Google Chrome already seems to be using some variant of Flash 10.2, the next update would include the newer version.
Adobe has released a new Flash 10.2 beta for Windows, Mac and Linux which introduces a number of enhancements and new APIs. Flash 10.2 beta also support Internet Explorer 9 hardware acceleration.
Flash 10.2 beta includes a new feature called Stage Video, which helps websites deliver smooth videos across devices and browsers by enabling access to hardware acceleration. Flash 10.2 also claims to deliver HD videos while using very little processing power.
Overall, Flash 10.2 Beta looks like a worthwhile upgrade if you do not have any issues with using beta software. You can learn about all the new enhancements in Flash 10.2 at the official blog or download it from here.