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."
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.
Samsung is making moves to kill off the cable STB, and feathering its Galaxy Tab media line-up at the same time. The Korean company has announced partnerships with DirecTV, Time Warner Cable and Comcast that will see digital content services from the three companies feature on upcoming Samsung smart TV sets. However, it will also see Time Warner's cable service and Comcast's Xfinity available as an app on the Galaxy Tab.
If you were following along today with the live feed (and or our coverage of the Google event) you're aware that one of the big improvements Google hopes to make with both Chromes (the OS and the browser) is increased security for users. One of the immediate implementations of this secure future is a "sandbox" of security, employed immediately on Adobe Flash Player. They've apparently been working since this past March with Adobe on this new functionality, and this week they'll be releasing their initial Flash Player sandbox for their dev channel users on Windows XP, Vista, and 7. Everyone else will just have to wait for their turn.
Oh man. Yesterday we learned about a new form of life, but Julian Assange of WikiLeaks wasn't satisfied. He wanted ALIENS. So what's he do today? He announces the next WikiLeaks cable to have UFOs in it. Wowie! Then we find out there's going to be some World of Warcraft on Android devices via GameString, a Professor in NYC installs a camera in the back of his head, and we review the super cute funny little device the Sony Ericsson LiveView - kawaii! Finally, Google pays someone $1 compensation in a Street View privacy case. Cash! All this and a whole lot more on SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up!
NASA basically stole the show today, and rightly so, as geobiologist Felisa Wolfe-Simon announced that she and her team had discovered a form of life that existed outside our known spectrum of living beings. Our very definition of life has just expanded. After that, it's just Light Peak this, 4G LTE that, a floating cellphone over there, life-size 3D holographics over there, oh and ANGRY BIRDS SEASONS is now in the Apple app store! And we got an Advent Vega tablet to look at! Hooray!
New update! Plugins for those who love plugin updates so much they sit at the edge of their seat craving the update more than the movies and such they watch with the player! Today they (and you) get a 10.2 Beta release update for Flash Player just so long as they're on a Mac, Windows, or Linux machine. The biggest upgrade in this build is preliminary support of none other than Stage Video.
Plenty of speculation being tossed around today, whether it's regarding the BlackBerry Storm 3 or even more rumors about when the iPhone will launch on Verizon. Even the Palm Pre 2 might be landing on Verizon soon enough. Outside of the speculation, in our story from around the Web, we've got Lithium-ion Solar Street Lights getting launched in Japan in January next year. And then, we'll wrap up the rest of the night with stories from around the R3 Media Network. Welcome to the Thursday edition of The Daily Slash.
As the third quarter trails to an end, earning results from companies are beginning to come in. Adobe has just reported their third quarter revenue earnings for this quarter, 2010, and they managed to post some record numbers. The company saw sales of $990.3 million for the third quarter, which is compared to the $697 million revenue recorded in 2009, which is a 42% jump from the previous year. Revenue also increased from $943.0 million in the second quarter of 2010.
Whether or not you've been following the whole Apple and Adobe firefight that's been happening over the last couple of years (but more loudly ever since the launch of the iPad), if you have a smartphone that can browse the web, you've probably been either waiting patiently for Flash to get out of its diapers and give you the full experience you've been aching for, or you simply just haven't cared enough to give it a second thought. Well, now that Android 2.2 has officially "launched" on a device (the Motorola Droid 2), and that means Flash Player 10.1 has officially been "launched," the tests have begun. And, sadly, if you're part of the camp that's been waiting for the full experience of the web on your mobile phone, you might have to keep waiting.
One of the bigger features of the upcoming Android release, 2.2 (better known as Froyo), is the fact that there's integrated Flash Player. While many think that Flash isn't optimized for proper mobile use, Adobe begs to differ, as they point out in the first paragraph of their press release that 10.0 for mobile devices has been redesigned from the ground up, with performance in mind, which also includes mobile-specific features. It's already available on desktop clients, like Linux, PC, and Mac, but we're all waiting for the official release on mobile devices. Now that we have the official announcement from Adobe, 35 companies ready to jump on board, we don't expect it will be much longer to wait.