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Adobe releases new mobile Flash Player

Adobe releases new mobile Flash Player

The latest version of Adobe's Flash Player for Mobile software has arrived - on the same day as arch rival Apple launched the iOS 4 platform.

Flash Player for Mobile 10.1 is something of a landmark launch because compatible mobiles will now be able to playback Flash-based videos from their mobile browser, essentially allowing them to perform precisely like desktop computers.

Some have pointed out that its launch date could be seen as a direct affront to Apple, because the lack of Flash support on iOS 4 has been a point of contention between the two firms.

Google's Android platform will play host to Flash Player for Mobile 10.1, with the likes of the HTC Desire and the Samsung Galaxy S getting full Flash support.

Adobe has disclosed that the source code for the app has been made available to other manufacturers who work with other platforms, including BlackBerry manufacturer Research in Motion (RIM) and Nokia.

Flash has been "completely redesigned and optimised," before this latest release, according to Adobe and it has managed to improve the player whilst halving the memory requirements, which should make videos run smoothly.

Amongst the list of manufacturers to which the company has provided its new Flash Player for Mobile is Palm. This is interesting because so far Palm's WebOS has lacked Flash support, although various executives have expressed a desire to offer the universally used platform.

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