Palm Pre – Progress Update

The last time we had a Palm update we saw the Flash Player running in multiple cards (application instances) on Web OS.  We had made great progress with the pause and resume functionality, to fit in with the unique nature of WebOs multi-tasking capabilities.

At CES 2010 Palm talked publicly about the availability of the Flash Player 10.1 for their devices.  The intention is to ship it as part of an OS update, and also in their App Store so that users can install the player as required (if they already have the OS update for example).  So you can start to see the promise of the Open Screen Project taking shape, Flash Player 10.1 updates over-the-air for all Palm users.  Additionally Palm indicated that they are going to ship “soon”.

At MAX we still had some work to do with Palm to tidy up certain features, hardware acceleration for video and providing a full screen experience for games and video playback.

In this update video Adrian shows the progress made in the last few months around gaming site optimization.


Flash Player 10.1 coming to Palm Pre

Today at CES, Palm demonstrated Flash content in the browser on a Palm Pre. Palm’s press release states that developers can expect to download a free Adobe Flash Player 10.1 plug-in from the Palm App Catalog in the coming months. Palm webOS will be one of the first mobile platforms to support the full Flash Player in the web browser. Here you can check out a quick demo by Adrian Ludwig showing various Flash games from Armor Games and on a Palm Pre.

Under the Hood with Adobe: Instance Management in Flash Player 10.1

If you want to learn more about some of the most exciting new features in Flash Player 10.1, check out the series of “Under the Hood with Adobe” videos on Adobe TV featuring the Flash Player engineering team. In this episode, Jim Corbett discusses Flash Player 10.1 optimizations in SWF loading and playback to address mobile CPU and memory limitations on smartphones.

Here is a video that demonstrates this instance management feature in action on a Palm Pre: