Adobe will announce tomorrow at this year’s MAX conference, Adobe’s worldwide developers conference, that it has secured partnerships with Research in Motion (RIM), Windows Mobile, Palm and Google to roll out full Flash capabilities, similar to what you can see on your desktop, to various products and their respective platforms.
The technology will be rolled out to Windows Mobile phones and Palm’s webOS devices later in the year, with public betas for Symbian OS (Nokia) and Google Android sometime early next year. Adobe has not announced when the Flash Player will be coming to RIM’s BlackBerry devices.
Updates are most likely to be “over the air”, meaning that you will just download a simple upgrade to your phone’s operating system via your phone’s wireless network; meaning that you don’t need to access Adobe’s website on your phone to find the player, or have to buy a new phone – but that depends if your phone is listed as one that will support it.
Also as part of the announcement, RIM and Google will now join the Open Screen Project, which attempts to promote better user interfaces on applications for desktops, mobile devices and on televisions. The new Flash Player 10.1 was designed to follow in that vision, as it will be one piece of software that has been designed to work on PCs, smartphones, netbooks and other devices.
Flash 10.1 will also introduce Flash-based web apps and HD video streaming to smartphones and other mobile devices.
Previously, Adobe has offered for mobile devices a scaled back version of Flash, titled “Flash Lite” because phones, back at those days, didn’t have faster processors and their screens were not able to render the Flash like the desktops.
Flash 10.1 is expected to be out to the public in the first half of 2010.
But while the news is pretty big for Adobe, as it means that Flash’s popularity can spread from desktop to mobile devices, it also leaves out a notable manufacturer – the Apple iPhone, which still refuses to allow Adobe to provide Flash support on their phone. Both parties, however, are working to resolve that issue.