Adobe has announced that the Flash Player 10.2 update for Android 3.0.1 Honeycomb tablets such as the Motorola XOOM will be released on March 18. Made available through the Android Market, as with the current Flash Player 10.1 release for Android smartphones, the updated version will be the production version for Android 2.2 and 2.3 devices and the beta for Honeycomb slates.
Motorola has begun pushing out a new update for the XOOM tablet, which updates the slate to Android 3.0.1. The new firmware, build number HRI66 - which Motorola tweeted was to pave the way for the incoming Flash Player 10.2 update - currently lacks a build log, so it's hard to know what else may have changed.
Motorola's XOOM tablet won't have to wait long before it gains support for Flash content, with Adobe promising an imminent OTA update delivering Flash Player 10.2. Following on from Verizon's quiet admission that the Android 3.0 XOOM wouldn't ship with Flash support when it goes on sale this Thursday, February 24, Adobe has stepped in to say that the new version will be available "within a few weeks."
Android's Flash advantage over the iPad will be missing in action from the launch of the Motorola XOOM, with Flash Player support not expected until Spring 2011. An Engadget tipster spotted the disclaimer lurking at the bottom of Verizon's XOOM pre-order listing, seemingly suggesting that Adobe and Google are waiting until Flash Player 10.2 is ready later in the year.
AMD is joining with software partner Vivu to go head to head against Intel's WiDi streaming video. The new solution, dubbed is AMD Wireless TV and will stream wirelessly from virtually any AMD Fusion powered PC to an HDTV with no additional hardware required. First shown as a demo at CES, AMD Wireless TV can stream 720p HD video and users can adjust video quality for any situation, be it a movie at home, or wanting to wirelessly project a presentation at a meeting.
Nokia is reportedly considering a spending spree on boutique application developers, in an attempt to create a halo package of apps for future devices. Furthermore, according to the NYTimes' source - supposedly close to the Finnish company - Nokia has also been in talks with Adobe regarding the co-creation of developer tools.
Adobe has released Flash Player 10.2, complete with support for Stage Video full hardware acceleration. Available initially for Windows, Mac and Linux, Flash Player 10.2 promises 1080p HD streaming video playback with just 1 to 15-percent CPU load on Stage Video supported systems. Meanwhile, Adobe is promising phone and tablet Flash Player 10.2 news - along with AIR news - at MWC 2011 next week.
RIM has pushed out an updated version of the BlackBerry Tablet OS simulator, complete with a fully embedded BlackBerry browser so that would-be PlayBook devs can test out their web-apps, Flash 10.1 and general site performance. In addition to the Adobe support, the PlayBook will also handle HTML5 Video and Audio (though the simulator doesn't have the full range of codecs that the final hardware will).