Android gets 'flashy', 'social' holiday treats
Adobe gifts Flash 11.1 as promised, dev goodies unwrapped as well
The final major update of Adobe's Flash Player for mobile devices, version 11.1, has appeared for Android 4.0, aka Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS).
Needless to say, there's no Flash 11.1 update for iOS mobile devices – Adobe's interactive multimedia platform is not welcome on Apple's phones and fondleslabs.
As if to buck up those Android devs who'll miss future Flash follow-ups – if, indeed, there are any – Google has released an Android 4.0.3 update along with updated SDK tools, which include the ability to sync "social stream data" – status updates, check-ins, and the like – with friends' contact info and photos.
In addition to the social sweetners, Android 4.0.3 includes "incremental improvements in graphics, database, spell-checking, Bluetooth, and more." Some of that "more" involves better camera control, the ability to change the color of calendar items, and text-to-speech error-reporting.
Google says that it will be rolling out Android 4.0.3 to production phones and tablets in coming weeks, so if you're an Android dev, they say, "we strongly encourage you to test your applications on Android 4.0.3 as soon as possible."
For a deep dive into the Android 4.0.3 API changes – the new API level is 15 – check out Google's Android API Differences Report. ®
Worth mentioning this Flash player's limitations:
"The latest Android Flash player has a few known issues, however. StageVideo using On2 and Sorenson does not work on ICS devices, and Seeking while video is paused will not update the frame on ICS device. Also, the OS does not prioritize incoming calls, so audio remains playing before and after call is received, and the enter key does not work on the multi-line text input field."
so 'flash is dead' huh??
Now get workin' all you devs!!!! Hey I was even worried from the android 4 camp's paranoia, and ready to ignore it, if it did not do flash...
The call to developers was due to the API bump for ICS, not flash. The flash 11.1 update was just a headliner. Try reading past the first paragraph.