Flash Player 10.1 for Google TV

We are excited about the launch of the first Google TV devices.  Google TV has set out to revolutionize the way we all enjoy television by bringing the web and search to the experience.  All Google TV devices will ship with a beta version of Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1, a great step towards bringing a full web browsing experience to Internet connected televisions and other digital home devices.  With support for Adobe Flash, more than three million developers worldwide are now able to extend their web content to the digital home so users can enjoy rich, high-definition videos and other Flash-based web content.

Thanks to the ubiquity of Flash, there is a tremendous amount of engaging content on the web.  Watching video on computers and smartphones is great, but it is an even better experience watching web videos streamed to the biggest screen in your home – your TV.  Flash Player for Google TV is optimized to deliver amazing HD Flash video – all the way up to pristine 1080p.  Users can access both free and premium video content from sites across the web.  Some great examples are YouTube, TBS, TNT, CNN, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, VEVO, Amazon Video On Demand, and HBO GO, just to name a few!

This is another important milestone for our multiscreen vision, enabling Flash content across devices, platforms, and browsers.  Similar to the release of Flash Player 10.1 for Android smartphones in May, the initial release for Adobe Flash on Google TV is a beta version.  It’s a great way for us to get feedback on real-world performance within the unique context of these new device screens.  Users will be able to benefit from “over-the-air” updates of the Google TV platform and Flash Player as we continue to collaborate with Google to improve the capabilities of Flash on these devices.

Adobe has been working closely with Google to integrate Flash Player 10.1 into all of their platforms, including Chrome, Android, and now Google TV.  While the beta version of Flash Player 10.1 on Google TV is a work in progress and still needs to be optimized for certain types of content, we are excited about the unlimited potential a full browser combined with Flash Player will bring to the TV experience.  We are committed to delivering updates to the Flash Player over the coming months to constantly improve the web experience on Google TV.

Flash Player 10.1 on Google Nexus Ones

We are pleased to announce that Flash Player 10.1 is now generally available for download on the Android Market for Google™ Nexus One™ phones. Flash Player 10.1 for Android (2.2) is now generally available as of August 16; we had previously released Flash Player 10.1 to partners in June 2010. We expect additional Android devices like the HTC Incredible, Samsung Galaxy S, Motorola Milestone, Droid X, Droid by Motorola, Dell Streak and other mobile platforms to get Flash Player 10.1 over the next few weeks and months. Upgrade paths for devices in market today depend on the specific device, manufacturer, operator and the region. In addition to Android, mobile platforms including webOS, BlackBerry, MeeGo, LiMo, a future version of Windows Phone 7 and others will deliver support for Flash Player 10.1 over the coming months. Many of the new devices are expected to come pre-installed with full Flash.

Android phones available now which support Flash Player 10.1 include:

  • Google™ Nexus One™ — Download from Android Market.
  • HTC Evo™ 4G — Included with the Android 2.2 update from HTC.
  • HTC Desire — Included with the Android 2.2 update from HTC.
  • DROID 2 by Motorola — Devices ship with Flash Player 10.1 preinstalled.

Learn more about current and upcoming devices that support Flash Player 10.1.

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Flash Player 10.1 Demo on HTC Desire

HTC Desire was one of the Android smartphones that began receiving the Android 2.2 and Flash Player 10.1 update over the air in early August. Here is a new video of Flash Player 10.1 demo by Diana Helander at Adobe previewing the full web experience on HTC Desire. This smartphone allows consumers to enjoy full screen, interactive videos and gaming content. Be sure to check out more sites and games at m.flash.com on your Android devices.

File Sharing over P2P in Flash with Object Replication

Object Replication
Object Replication is the most low-level P2P access available in Flash Player 10.1 (next to Multicast, Posting and Directed Routing) It basically enables you to send chunks of between peers. Object Replication is the only one, that guarantees that all data will be transferred to all receiving peers.

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Multicast Streaming in Flash Player 10.1 Tutorial

Adobe Developer Connection presents:
Multicast Streaming in Flash Player 10.1
This video-tutorial shows how to build a simple Broadcaster/Receiver system with P2P Multicast in Flash Player 10.1 using NetStream and Camera classes.

Link to Adobe TV site
*note: this blog post will be soon followed by a complete multicast deep-dive walkthrough tutorial, stay tuned

Launching m.flash.com & BBC iPlayer for Android

m.flash.com

We have released Flash Player 10.1 to our OEM partners in what has been an incredible engineering effort working with our Open Screen Project partners.  One of the problems with the Flash Player generally, is that it is invisbile.  As a user its so easy to forget that a single web technology is powering billions of videos, games, Rich Internet Applications and now desktop applications with AIR.

So we have been working with the worlds leading content providers, alongside our OEM partners to create experiences that shine.  With that, we’ve aggregated these together over at m.flash.com so that you can enjoy them on your mobile phones.  I think it will really help to sell those mobile and device projects that we’ve all been thinking about.

iPlayer

If I’m honest, this is the one that I have been most excited about, and this week the BBC launched iPlayer 3.0. with support for Android Froyo devices and Flash Player 10.1.  As I live in the UK, and I know many of you don’t, let’s take a look at just how huge the service has become.

Simply put, iPlayer is like Hulu for BBC content providing video on demand services for UK citizens.  Using the service we can watch BBC content that we’ve missed, across 10 TV channels and 11 radio stations.  On top of that, we can also watch TV live using iPlayer online to work around poor terrestrial signals – or in my case, a tiny television :-)

In perspective (BBC iStats for May 2010)

  • 130m radio and television streams watched, across PCs, consoles and mobile phones
  • 13m live streams were broadcast, including a huge amount of live radio proportional to video streams
  • 6.5m video/radio requests from mobile phones
  • Peak usage tracks linear broadcast usage almost exactly – the shape of things to come :-)

Currently the iPlayer is available on the Nintendo Wii, PS3, Mac, Windows, Linux, Symbian, Windows Mobile and iOS devices.  As you would expect, when it comes to scaling the iPlayer platform across all of these devices, the task is huge.  That’s where Flash comes in, if you look at the list above (and more still) we have demonstrated Flash on all of them.

When you test your Flash-enabled site, why not let me know?  Let’s add it to m.flash.com :-)

Flash Player 10.1 and Droid X

I was at the Droid X launch event in SF today and it’s a pretty slick device. Big screen, fast, HDMI output for streaming HD video to your TV. (It also comes with a HD camcorder). Although the device will first ship with Android 2.1, and not Froyo until later this summer, the team’s demo unit had an early version of Froyo and we were demo-ing Flash Player 10.1. Of course, I work for Adobe and the Flash Player team and I’m biased, but Flash content runs great on that device. We were showing off Kongregate and Mochi games, replays of the USA win on ESPN, videos from Sony Pictures — and as long as we had a good signal we had great content.

Read more about the Droid X in the press release. Paul Betlem, Flash Player engineering, also discusses some of the specs of the Droid X on the Flash Player team blog.

Thinking about optimizing your Flash content ready for the slew of devices coming to market in the next few months? Start here.

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AIR on Android: TweetrApp Video walk-through

This the final video in my EVA series focusing on the widgets that I have created for the App in a week seminars.  As you’ll discover, it’s really very simple to create a Twitter client, and to integrate Twitter services into new or existing content to add a social element.

EVA’s social widget was created using the Tweetr component library from Sandro Ducceschi at Swfjunkie.com.  He has done an incredible job to build out a complete API for Actionscript 3 developers, taking care of the horrors of Open Authentication and connecting to the Twitter API.  It’s really as simple as creating a few objects and an application token, Sandro has also provided great tutorial videos.

Tweetr requires the open source AS3Crypto component library, a package of classes that help with encryption for client/server applications.  In this case Tweetr relies on AS3Crypto for the Open Authentication communication, another great example of how great the community is.

Finally, I spent a very long time trying to find a suitable List component for this application.  There are many great sets of components out there, not least of which is Flex.  Of course Flex on Mobile devices is going to take some time, so I was glad to finally come across FlepStudio.org and the Tipper component.

If you want to learn more about mobile optimization then drop by the mobile pages at the Developer Connection.  Also coming up in June are some great e-seminars where you’ll learn more about going multi-screen.

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