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Adobe Flash & AIR betas for Android open

Adobe Flash & AIR betas for Android open

Adobe have been taunting us with Flash Player and Adobe AIR for Android in various pre-release alphas - we even found one lurking, unadvertised, in the halls of Mobile World Congress back in February - for months now, so it's exciting to finally hear that the two technologies are finally hitting beta stage.  For the moment, though, it's a private beta and Adobe are obviously being cautious about how many people they invite in; there are separate sign-up forms for AIR and for Flash.

Unfortunately that means there's no public timescale for when developers might actually get their hands on one or both of the technologies, which could put a dampener on coding enthusiasm.  We can't help but think this is short-sighted of Adobe, who are facing significant, ongoing criticism with regards the absence of Flash support on the iPad.

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Google tablet runs Flash & Chrome browser tips Schmidt

Google tablet runs Flash & Chrome browser tips Schmidt

We don't know who it is that's inviting Google CEO Eric Schmidt to parties, topping up his glass frequently, and then encouraging him to talk about upcoming Android-based hardware from the company, but we hope they carry on.  After the report yesterday that suggested Schmidt had told friends that Google were developing an own-brand tablet, further details have emerged from others apparently attending the same party; Schmidt supposedly confirmed that the device will run Adobe Flash content and games.

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LG Mini GD880 arrives this month with HTML5 Webkit browser

LG Mini GD880 arrives this month with HTML5 Webkit browser

It's fair to say that it takes a pretty special feature-phone to get us excited these days, but the LG Mini GD880 may manage to tick a few boxes.  Announced back in February, the GD880's primary claim to fame - aside from its slimline build - is the HTML5-compliant Webkit based LG Phantom Browser, which supports Flash and up to 10 simultaneous windows viewed on the 3.2-inch touchscreen.

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Flash 10.1 still ahead of HTML5 on desktop & mobile [Video]

Flash 10.1 still ahead of HTML5 on desktop & mobile [Video]

The comparative merits of Flash 10.1 and HTML5 are a hot topic right now, given the imminent arrival of the Flash-free iPad, and Adobe are doing their best to point out that their system isn't quite as passé as some analysts would have you believe.  Flash evangelist Michaël Chaize has been comparing Flash 10.1 performance on his Google Nexus One with HTML5, and the Adobe technology still comes out ahead.

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Chrome browser gets baked-in Flash support

Chrome browser gets baked-in Flash support

Whether you're on the "bring on the Flash" side of the fence, or patiently counting down the days until its demise at the hands of HTML5, you can't escape the fact that much of the online content we see is powered by Adobe's technology.  Google have therefore announced a new build of the Google Chrome browser that has Flash baked in; it's the first step in their collaborative work with Adobe to tighten up the Flash experience with a new API rather than the flaky browser plug-in method currently used.

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HTC Desire Unboxing [Video]

HTC Desire Unboxing [Video]

While the HTC Legend was a shiny, unibody wonder, the undoubtable star of Mobile World Congress last month was the HTC Desire. Instantly dubbed "the Nexus One with Sense", the Android 2.1 smartphone has just arrived on the SlashGear doorstep demanding its unboxing video privileges. Who are we to turn down a 3.7-inch AMOLED display, 1GHz Snapdragon processor and 5-megapixel camera? Check out the unboxing, plus a first-look comparison with the Nexus One, after the cut.

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HTML5 and Flash can work together insists Adobe evangelist [Video]

HTML5 and Flash can work together insists Adobe evangelist [Video]

Flash and HTML5 are hot topics in the online world right now.  We've heard plenty about how more smartphones will get Flash, how performance might not be what users expect and how mainstream sites are looking to alternatives, and of course there's Apple's ongoing reluctance to add Flash functionality to their mobile devices.  Meanwhile HTML5 is getting plenty of positive press, and most recently Microsoft have announced full support for the technology in IE9.  Is there room for both to live together in harmony, however?  "Adobe platform evangelist" Serge Jespers reckons so, and he's thrown together the code to demonstrate it.

Video demo after the cut

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Anti-Flash movement building as sites court mobile users?

Anti-Flash movement building as sites court mobile users?

The tide looks like it may be turning on Flash.  With Apple's continued resistance to adding support for the Adobe system to their smartphone, PMP and upcoming tablet line-up, website developers seem to be scaling back their use of the technology so as to maintain accessibility across as many devices as possible.  Virgin America are the latest big-name company to bypass Flash and choose basic HTML for their new site, telling The Register that the older standard was "good enough" for their requirements.

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