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Adobe Flash 10.1: will arrive on all smartphones, iPhone excluded

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Previewed during the Adobe MAX conference in Los Angeles and then officially announced with a release dated today, Adobe Flash 10.1 will soon make its appearance in beta on the main smartphone platforms in circulation, only excluding iPhone and touch.

So starting from smartphones, passing through netbooks up to Mac, Windows and Linux systems, the new Adobe Flash 10.1 will offer a series of advanced functions for most of the computing platforms in circulation today. Among the main features, the ability to play movies in HD quality is also highlighted on smarpthone and netbooks with more limited hardware resources than traditional computers, thanks to the use of the integrated graphics processor.

During the Adobe Max conference, those present were able to attend a demonstration of the HD video playback features. Using an HP Mini 311 netbook connected to an external TV, the system was able to view a full-screen Star Trek trailer in full screen with Adobe Flash 10.1 in beta without jerks and slowdowns, an operation that today is difficult or impossible even on the integrated screen than most netbooks.

Among Adobe's other important announcements for the new Flash 10.1, those reserved for the smartphone world stand out: Windows Mobile and also Palm's webOS will be the first to have Flash 10.1 in beta already before the end of 2009. They will then follow in the first months of 2010 Symbian and Android while waiting for a little longer for Flash on BlackBerry whose collaboration with Adobe is more recent. Interviewed by Gizmodo, Adobe executives said that the exclusion of the iPhone and touch due mainly to Apple.

iPhone and iPod touch in fact have similar hardware characteristics and in many cases superior to the other paperbacks in circulation. Recall that in addition to the limitations imposed by iPhone OS, on which it is not possible to perform multitasking and interpreted code, Steve Jobs himself had declared himself opposed to the adoption of Flash on the iPhone and touch for concerns about energy consumption and the autonomy of the devices.