It's still not yet publicly available for Nexus One owners, but that hasn't stopped at least one demonstration of Flash 10.1 running on Google's "superphone". We came across the modified Nexus One here at Mobile World Congress 2010 this week, and shot some video of the SlashGear.TV media player (which is, obviously, Flash-based) along with YouTube. The good news is that it works; the bad news is that it doesn't work especially well.
What's the best use for an NVIDIA Tegra 250 second-gen tablet? If you said Condé Nast's Wired digital magazine demo, or indeed popular Facebook game Farmville, NVIDIA have you covered. The company had their latest tablet prototypes on show, and were demonstrating the finger-friendly magazine together with the addictive farming game.
SanDisk is huge in the flash storage market with products ranging from microSD cards for smartphones to SSDs for notebook and desktop computers. The company has announced a new embedded NAND flash product aimed at smartphones and portable devices with 64GB of storage capacity.
Mobile World Congress may have a cellular-focus, but that doesn't mean it's all about phones. One of the more interesting devices SlashGear have been following this year is Notion Ink's Adam tablet, the Tegra-based Android touchscreen slate that promises to oust all thoughts of the iPad from your imagination, and they're quietly bringing their latest wares to the show. They're latest prototype is still en-route from manufacturing, but to whet our appetite the company sent over some new video of Adam's rotating webcam and its Flash support.
Video demo after the cut
Running as it does the iPhone OS, the iPad joins the list of Apple devices that won't play Flash content. While they're not ready to announce Flash for the platform, Adobe have confirmed that their upcoming Packager for iPhone - which will be part of Flash Pro CS5 - will indeed support the iPad along with the iPhone and iPod touch.
SlashGear is at Motorola's press conference at CES 2010 today, and the company has just announced the Motorola Backflip. While they're not mentioning carrier partnerships today, it's worth noting that the Backflip image shown now is the same as AT&T showed earlier today. Meanwhile Moto also confirmed that the CLIQ (aka the Motorola DEXT) will be upgraded from Android 1.5 to 2.1, and that Adobe Flash 10.1 will be pushed out to the DROID in future releases.
With the complete Google Nexus One specs and features announced today at the Google press conference, the smartphone or “superphone” will be receiving even more functionality down the road with Flash Player 10.1 (currently in beta).
Adobe have pushed their Flash Player 10.1 Beta out of the door, together with Adobe AIR 2, with the Windows version of the new Flash runtime supporting H.264 hardware acceleration. The Mac and Linux 10.1 prereleases are yet to support that, and so far there’s no sign of a smartphone release as Adobe promised back in October; Adobe have confirmed, though, that the webOS beta for the Palm Pre and Pixi will appear sometime this year.
Adobe have upgraded their Flash offensive, with the news this week that the next version - Flash 10.1 - will run across not only desktop but mobile and smartphone platforms. Taking advantage of the Open Screen Project (OSP), the new version will arrive as a Windows Mobile and webOS beta before the year is out, while early in 2010 we'll get Android and Symbian versions. Finally, while there's no release date for 10.1 yet given, RIM have signed up to the OSP meaning BlackBerry devices will also get Flash support.
After the cut, GPU acceleration for Flash 10.1
So, the Chumby came out awhile ago. It's this little box-like device that pulls information off the internet, like weather, news, and sports updates, and then displays them in Flash format in real-time. It was a pretty original idea, and while it may not have been the sharpest looking thing on the block, its functionality was close to making it worth it. Especially if you don't like alarm clocks, and can't afford the alternative. But, apparently the hardware wasn't the top of the pick for many, and so Chumby is moving over onto the software front, hoping to make a name for itself.