Adobe announced today that sometime in 2010, we will all start enjoying the ability to watch Flash video on mobile devices (cell phones, Netbooks, etc.) just as easily as we do on our PC’s.
This will happen with the release of Flash Player 10.1, which reportedly will:
- Work on nearly all smartphones whether they are running Windows Mobile, Android or Palm OS
- Work with touch screens
- Offer hardware acceleration and video decoding, which means you can/should get smooth playback on mobile devices, even with HD video
iPhone users are still of of luck though. As Apple’s QuickTime video format is a competitor to Flash, Adobe and Apple aren’t playing nicely with each other . Or as Adrian Ludwig, group manager of Flash platforms at Adobe puts it, “So far, we haven’t received the support that we need from Apple.”
So it sounds like 6 months from now nearly every mobile device will have the ability to stream Flash video from anywhere on the web…except the iPhone.