As promised a few months ago, Adobe Systems Incorporated has launched today the Adobe Flash Player for mobile phones. The Adobe Flash Player 10.1 offers handset owners the possibility to view on their devices content created with the Adobe Flash Platform no matter where they are, the company stated. The browser-based runtime is expected to come in a public developer beta for two of the currently available mobile platforms, namely Windows Mobile and Palm webOS.
“Adobe Flash technology provides a key experience on new Windows phones, enabling people to enjoy rich Flash based games, videos and other interactive Web content on the go,” said Stephanie Ferguson, general manager, Product Management, Microsoft Corp. “We look forward to bringing in the new capabilities of Adobe Flash Player 10.1 to the Windows phone browser when it becomes available.”
According to the company, the public developer beta versions of the runtime for Google's Android and for the Symbian operating systems are to become available at the beginning of next year. Moreover, Adobe will also work together with the Canadian phone maker Research In Motion for the future availability of its Flash Player on Blackberry smartphones.
Flash Player 10.1, Adobe states, is the first runtime that enables “uncompromised Web browsing expressive applications, content and high definition (HD) videos” on mobile phones. Additionally, the platform also comes with a series of features especially designed for mobile phones, including support for mobile input models, accelerometer, gestures or multi-touch, so that users can enjoy a leveraged mobile browsing experience.
“As a longtime partner of Adobe, and more than 400 million Nokia phones shipped with existing Flash technology to date, we are excited to see Flash Player becoming a reality for mobile phones and other mobile devices,” said Purnima Kochikar, vice president, Forum Nokia. “Nokia is excited about full Flash Player coming to devices and we are committed to supporting Flash Player 10.1 on mobile devices in 2010.”