Our HTC Hero hands-on video is still uploading, so to tide you over let's allow Adobe to explain one of the more interesting aspects of the new smartphone: its Flash support. Adobe team member Adrian Ludwig shows the new Hero and demonstrates the browser, which can show in-page animated and interactive content, such as games and adverts, together with video.
As well as the Hero, HTC have announced a deal with Adobe to bring support for Flash to the new smartphone. Describing it as "an important step toward full web browsing with Flash Player 10 on mobile phones in future". What it does mean, though, is full access to Flash video like YouTube within the browser.
It looks like Bsquare, a mobile software developer, has spoken a bit too openly about their release plans. Apparently, they'll be porting Adobe Flash Lite to Dell netbooks. However, where they might have said too much is when they noted these Dell netbooks would be running on Android.
Just two months ago we were talking about Toshiba and their new 32 nm NAND flash memory, and though it was supposed to not see consumers' hands until the fall, it's now available in a limited capacity.
The flash memory will be available for mass consumption by July. The new process employed here uses a 32-gigabit chip, which is 4GB, and when stacked 8 tall, you end up with 32GB of total memory in one tiny space.
While we don't know who will receive the larger flash memory first, it does seem likely that Toshiba will be providing the memory for the iPhone 3.0. The company also notes that USB storage with the new memory capacity will be their first products to carry the 32 nm chip.
Adobe have announced hardware and content partners who will adopt the Adobe Flash Platform on internet-connected HDTVs and set-top boxes. Demonstrating a range of widget and HD streaming media capable devices at the National Association of Broadcasters Show this week, Broadcom, Comcast, Intel, Netflix, NXP Semiconductors and others have all signed up for the platform.
As you probably know by now, Apple placed an order for 100 million NAND chips from Samsung recently. This order included 16Gb memory, as it turns out, though it was initially thought to only include 8Gb chips.
The 16Gb chips allow for 2GB of storage space, so this could point to the imminent release of 32GB iPhones, which would make an appearance sometime this summer. Sure, it's possible that more 16GB iPhones could be on the way, but that seems unlikely, especially since the company has been working furiously to unload their current inventory.
We'll just have to wait and see where the 16Gb memory is used, but all of the iPhone 3.0 rumors floating around seem to sync up nicely with this expanded memory order. We'll keep you posted.
We caught up with SanDisk while at CTIA this week, to check out their Service Delivery Cards. SDCs are pre-loaded custom memory cards, each full of digital content ranging from videos clips, TV shows and music, to games and wallpapers. SanDisk also whipped out their CompactFlash Extreme IV series storage to try to tempt resident SlashGear photographer Daniel Lim.
With recent bad press taunting the much-trouble Jmicron’s JMF602 series controllers that’s been reported with drive stuttering, pausing and lagging issues, OCZ has opted to release the new line of Vertex solid state storage, previously announced here, with the Korea-based Indilink Barefoot controller.
Today at Mobile World Congress, Adobe revealed its new Flash Lite - version 3.1. The Advanced Flash Lite features functionality of Adobe Flash 10 and supports more phones than its previous version. Lists of supported devices can be found on Adobe Labs page.
"Flash Lite 3.1 includes the same features as Flash Lite 3.0, such as support for Flash Player compatible video, with some additional enhancements including improved security model for SWF file access. The solution delivers a standalone player for applications, without affecting the Flash Lite browser plug-in or pre-installed standalone player, if present."
Palm has also announced that webOS will be able to run Flash Lite on its Pre phone. Flash Lite 3.1 is currently available on Adobe’s site as public beta for Windows Mobile and Nokia S60 Symbian OS. Now if only Apple would make it easier for Adobe to put Flash on the iPhone, life would be much better for iPhone users.