What is one way to make your new Samsung Galaxy Nexus better than it already is? How about adding Flash onto it? That’s right, head on over to the Android Market now and you can download the application that was one of the biggest Android selling points as an OS. There was some fear that Flash would never make it onto the new Nexus after Adobe’s closing of it in the past couple weeks, but everyone that got on the Android 4.0 train should be set to go now. Adobe has made good on their promise to provide us with an application that works with ICS and we are going to enjoy it.
We know that further development of Flash for Android is dead, but that doesn’t mean they won’t continue to make the already existing app better and more secure for current users. Plus, they have told us that there will be an updated version for Ice Cream Sandwich available. Today, Adobe has just released an updated Adobe Flash complete with some more security fixings and patches. (more…)
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus may not support Adobe Flash 11 or AIR yet, but it will at some point in December according to the latest blog post from the Flash team. We were informed a week ago that they would bring support by the end of the year to Flash, so this matches up to that report while also tossing in an Adobe AIR mention. After both of these apps are updated though, don’t expect to see many more. With development halted on mobile platforms, we’ll have to look to community developers to make versions available to newer devices.
With Adobe’s announcement that they would no longer develop for their mobile version of Flash, questions of whether or not it would work on Ice Cream Sandwich were raised. Would we ever see it supported on ICS? Would our brand new Galaxy Nexus phones be Flash-less? What? According to an Adobe spokesperson, there will be one more release on Android that include support for Android 4.0 and it should be out by the end of the year.
Adobe will release one more version of the Flash Player for mobile browsing, which will provide support for Android 4.0, and one more release of the Flash Linux Porting Kit – both expected to be released before the end of this year. After that time, Adobe will continue to provide critical bug fixes and security updates.
And that pretty much settles that issue. All good now on the Flash front?
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 184.108.40.206, 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.
Cheers to everyone who sent this!
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 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…)