Coming soon: Adobe Flash on Android, WinMo and WebOS

Adobe is set to introduce Flash Player 10 for most mobile operating systems later this year, including Google Android, Microsoft Windows Mobile, Nokia Symbian and Palm WebOS.

Adobe is set to introduce Flash Player 10 for most mobile operating systems later this year, including Google Android, Microsoft Windows Mobile, Nokia Symbian and Palm WebOS.

Adobe's CEO Shantanu Narayen said during a recent earnings call that multiple partners of the company have already received an early version of Flash Player 10. Developers will be able to get their hands on a beta version of Flash Player 10 mobile later this year, at Adobe's Max conference in October.

Flash Player 10 will enable smartphones running on the above-mentioned operating systems to benefit from a richer Internet browsing experience, including watching videos embedded on some websites. Web-based applications can also be built on this platform, theoretically freeing developers from any applications stores.

By now, some mobile platforms, including Nokia's Symbian, have been enjoying a simplified version of Flash 8, which users know better as Flash Lite. The new Flash Player 10 is set to bring an improved graphical and audio performance, across more mobile OSs.

Adobe Mum on iPhone Flash Specifics

But one big name cannot be spotted in the mobile OSs crowd that Adobe will launch Flash Player 10 for: the Apple iPhone. Adobe has dashed hopes for an early iPhone version of Flash in February, when Shantanu Narayen said that his company and Apple are still collaborating on Flash for the iPhone, with no specific launch date in sight.

With the iPhone left out of the equation (so far), the other mobile platforms will have something to brag about until Apple jumps on board. Although with [[xref:http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/23/technology/23apple.html?_r=1&ref=business|Apple's secrecy|Apple

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