Adobe to ARM mobile devices with Flash 10

Adobe_flash_1470_1470This coming February will see the first anniversary of Adobe AIR, the company’s cross-platform bridge between computer and web. And when I say computer, I don’t just mean the traditional desktop or laptop. At this week’s Adobe MAX conference, attendees will get a taste of the latest and greatest, Flash Player 10… running on a smartphone.

You can bet that smartphone will be powered by an ARM processor, because the chip designer is a major partner in the OpenScreenProject that’s led by Adobe. What’s the goal of the project? Here’s a big hint in their vision statement: "enable consumers to engage with rich Internet experiences seamlessly across any device, anywhere".  Sounds like the computer experience when on a non-traditional computing device to me and the closest that I’ve seen so far in that realm are in some of the Google tools.

This bodes well for ARM-based netbooks, which I expect we’ll get a good few first looks at when the Consumer Electronics Show rolls around in January. We’ll be checking in with Freescale, NVIDIA, Samsung and Texas Instruments there, as all of them offer ARM-based chipset solutions. However, Adobe says that the joint technology for Flash 10 on ARM11 and Cortex processors won’t be available until the second half of 2009, and that means regardless of smartphone or netbook, we’ll be waiting a bit for that seamless experience. While wait, I have to wonder: we’ve been talking about the browser as our link to the cloud for some time. Should we be giving Adobe AIR a little more emphasis or will it aways be an add-on that we use here and there?


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