A couple of updates to some of our favorite apps are available in the market as I type this. Google Maps jumped to version 5.12.0 and includes live event listings in Places pages for some major global players like New York, San Francisco, Paris, Zurich and London. The GMaps team also removed the “Post to Twitter” option from reviews in Places – is it just me or does that seem really odd? Anyone taking bets on a G+ sharing option soon?
The other update is for Adobe’s Flash Player 11, which as you all know, has essentially been given the ax going forward. In build 188.8.131.52, we see “performance improvements and bug fixes” that have to do with security and stability. That’s it.
Is this the last Flash update that we will ever see? Tough to tell. I can’t imagine that Adobe would stop putting out security fixes as they are needed. We just won’t be seeing anything new that you would write home to your mother about.
Market Links: Google Maps | Flash Player 11.1
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Just what you wanted, bad news to start your Wednesday, right? It’s official, my friends. Last night, rumors swirled about, claiming that Adobe was going to ax Flash for mobile browsers and within the last hour, they made that official. Their goal is to continue to push out security fixes for the current build that is available, but will no longer develop Flash to work with new device configurations. Pretty disappointing news. So, it’s not going away for good, it just won’t be developed further.
Our future work with Flash on mobile devices will be focused on enabling Flash developers to package native apps with Adobe AIR for all the major app stores. We will no longer continue to develop Flash Player in the browser to work with new mobile device configurations (chipset, browser, OS version, etc.) following the upcoming release of Flash Player 11.1 for Android and BlackBerry PlayBook. We will of course continue to provide critical bug fixes and security updates for existing device configurations. We will also allow our source code licensees to continue working on and release their own implementations.
Personally, I like having the full web experience (in an on-demand state of course). I like watching embedded video and not having to launch a separate video player. Overall, I actually like Flash. While I’ll admit that Flash has performance issues that are evident on just about any platform, I still don’t want to see it go from mobile devices.
I’m sort of at a loss for words here – just tell me your thoughts? Will this affect you at all? Were you a big Flash user on your mobile device?
Cheers to everyone who spotted this last night!
Adobe wasn’t messing around when they told us that Flash Player 11 would be released tonight on Android. It might not have Stage3D built in just yet, but it’s still an upgrade. Go get it folks!
Update: Adobe AIR 3 is available as well.
Market Link: Flash 11 | AIR 3
Adobe Photoshop Touch was just demoed on stage here at Adobe MAX, dropping quite a few jaws and grabbing enough cheers to get us excited. I actually booked it immediately after the on-stage walk-through over to Samsung’s booth to get some hands-on time with it and I’ve got to say, that this is going to be one cool tool when it launches in November. As a piece of software that won’t be here for another month, it was very polished, easy to navigate, and powerful. While I am by no means a PS pro, I saw every tool, brush, and setting that gets me through my day.
The tablet that Adobe is using to showcase it on is a prototype from Samsung that they won’t reveal much on (no it’s not running Ice Cream Sandwich). It was built specifically for their new pen technology that is pressure sensitive and allows you to draw, erase and choose colors in a jiff. In fact, we aren’t sure this model will ever make it to stores, but the idea of this type of pen experience on a tablet is intriguing.
The app will run $9.99 when it is released.
Update: In the Adobe executive team Q&A that is going on right now, one question brought up the idea of plug-ins to Photoshop Touch. Would there ever be any? As of now, there are no plans, but you get the feeling that Adobe has already thought about it and will possibly introduce them in the future. They did point out though, that tablets right now are where PCs were 5 years ago. What they mean by that is that we have a long way to go before tablets can even come close to what we can currently do on a computer. Could plug-ins come in the next year? Possibly. I think NVIDIA’s quad-core processor is a step towards this happening.
Update 2: In case anyone was wondering, all of their new Touch apps were built in Adobe AIR.
Press release, including their other new Touch apps below. (more…)
Adobe has announced that Flash Player 11 and Adobe AIR 3 will be made available later tonight around 9PM Pacific or midnight for you east coasters. Both releases will eventually bring major improvements that will help to revolutionize the way we game and consume content across multiple mobile platforms. With this initial release though, we won’t see Stage3D, which is the major component to bringing hardware accelerated 2D and 3D graphics that can do upwards of 60 frames per second.
So for now, we’ll just have to look forward to these releases as stability and speed enhancers over 10.3 with the console-quality gaming to come at a later date. (more…)
Adobe MAX is going off this week and we are here in L.A. to see what goodies they have to offer. So far they have been pretty mum on details, but would imagine that there will be plenty of mobile talk for all of us to enjoy. Everyone remember the Flash Player 11 announcement from a couple of weeks back? This should be a great opportunity for us to finally get a real look at their 3D plans for it among other things. And of course, there will likely be other cross-platform announcements that are sure to dominate the show.
To follow along with all of the action, be sure to keep up with us on Twitter and here at the site.
Adobe surprised the heck out of the internet last night with their announcement of Flash Player 11 and AIR 3, along with Stage3D architecture. I think it’s pretty obvious that they are ready to take online gaming, video, and applications to the next level when these two drop in early October.
As you all know, the internet is a better place with Flash in it, so if this new version 11 can live up to even half of what this press release says, then we are in for some really incredible things. With Flash Player 11 and AIR 3 plus Stage3D, users will enjoy full hardware-accelerated rendering of 2D and 3D graphics at 1000x faster than version 10. We are talking console-quality, 60 frames per second domination on computers with mobile versions on the way.
Some of the gaming industry’s top dogs like Zynga, EA, and Ubisoft have already endorsed this latest release. So if Android users have continued to wonder still to this day why we aren’t seeing as many big time titles as iOS, then prepare yourselves, as this release is surely going to help remedy that situation.
Release is after the break, along with the video introduction of Stage3D by the Adobe crew. (more…)
Both Adobe AIR and Flash 10.3 should be prompting you to update any minute now. Neither appear to include anything critical, but it’s always good to stay up-to-date on these things, right?
- AAC audio will now decode and play back correctly on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) devices.
- Ghosting and green artifact issue now fixed on Android 2.2 devices with the NVIDIA Tegra2
Flash 10.3 changes:
Market Links: Flash 10.3 | Adobe AIR
Cheers Adam and @yisroelg1!