Feeds

HTC Hero comes with Adobe Flash

Desktop multimedia on mobile phone

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

Adobe has confirmed that the latest Android handset from HTC, the Hero, will come with a proper Flash client: version 9 with support for ActionScript 2, with version 10 to follow some time next year.

Mobile phones have long been considered underpowered for a proper Flash experience, and Adobe tried to push a cut-down version of the technology in the hope that companies would create mobile-specific content. But simplicity demands a single standard, and with the increasing processing power and memory of mobile handsets Adobe has finally achieved a single platform that will work across mobile and desktop environments.

Browsing the web on a mobile phone, even when connected to a decent screen and keyboard, can be a frustrating experience. Just about everything is possible - viewing YouTube, navigating AJAX sites and uploading media - but many things require more effort than the desktop equivalent and the lack of Flash support can make some sites hard to use.

Server-side technologies, such as those offered by SkyFire and the latest version of Opera Mobile, provide a Flash experience by doing all the work on a remote server. Having a Flash client on the device removes one of the most compelling attractions of such a server-based architecture, though it can provide a faster browsing experience as well as supporting other technologies yet to be squeezed into a mobile phone.

Adobe has provided a video, showing how well Flash is integrated into the Hero browsing experience. The capability is something of a coup for HTC, though the company isn't planning to limit Flash to its flagship Android handsets, but has joined the OpenScreen project to create an open-source implementation of the Flash 10 client so it can be easily ported to any handset.

That probably means some mid-range handsets will soon be struggling to render animated menus and video interfaces, but as the capabilities increase Flash could find a comfortable home on a wide range of mobile phones. ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Whitepapers

10 ways wire data helps conquer IT complexity
IT teams can automatically detect problems across the IT environment, spot data theft, select unique pieces of transaction payloads to send to a data source, and more.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
How to determine if cloud backup is right for your servers
Two key factors, technical feasibility and TCO economics, that backup and IT operations managers should consider when assessing cloud backup.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.