Flash Player 10.2 is now available for download on Android Market. This is a production GA (General Availability) release for Android 2.2 (Froyo) and 2.3 (Gingerbread) devices and an initial beta release for Android 3.x (Honeycomb) tablets that include at least Google’s 3.0.1 system update.* To see if your device is certified for Flash Player 10.2, visit: http://www.adobe.com/go/cd1.
The beta of Flash Player 10.2 for Android 3.x is an exciting release that brings a full web browsing experience, including video, games and other interactive content, to the latest Android tablets. We have been working very closely with Google through the development of this beta to ensure tight integration and optimization between Flash Player 10.2 and new OS and browser capabilities.
- Performance enhancements to take advantage of new hardware in both Android 3.x tablets, as well as existing hardware in many Android 2.2 and 2.3 devices
- Tight integration with the new Android 3.x browser to treat Flash content as part of the web page instead of as a separate “overlay.” This results in improved scrolling of web pages and the ability to display pages in the way intended by the page designer, including new support for compositing HTML and other web content over Flash Player rendered content.
- Automatic soft keyboard support to simplify text entry for rich mobile and multi-screen experiences
We are working to complete additional optimizations of the interaction between Flash Player and the new browser before releasing a production GA version of Flash Player 10.2 for Android 3.x in the coming weeks, at which point we intend to enable hardware acceleration and Stage Video support in the production GA release.
These optimizations are expected to provide a better “embedded” in-browser experience, comparable to the full screen experience with this beta, and to also provide improved playback of many 720p high definition videos (including full screen). In the meantime, the best way to experience the performance potential of this beta and to enjoy an immersive Flash content experience is to view Flash content full screen.**
We hope you enjoy all of the rich web experiences that Flash Player 10.2 delivers to Android devices. As always, you can visit m.flash.com <http://m.flash.com> for great examples of websites which show off what you can do on your device with Flash Player.
* Note, today’s release includes the security update addressing the Flash Player vulnerability announced on March 14: http://www.adobe.com/support/security/advisories/apsa11-01.html
** The best way to switch to full screen mode is to use buttons provided by many content providers, but it is also possible to tap content once, followed by a long tap, to bring down a button in the upper left corner which can be tapped to force full screen mode. For best performance with the beta we recommend viewing video in 480P or below. Improved 720P video playback will be included in the production GA release of Flash Player 10.2 for Android 3.x.