Adobe Flash 10.1 for Android isn’t even out yet, but there are already plenty of videos out there teasing us with all the great things a Nexus One will be able to do once you can get the latest version of Flash for it. The most recent teaser comes out of China; it it shows a Nexus one streaming video via Flash P2P.
The video is in Chinese, but it clearly shows a Nexus One accessing a Flash-based P2P web service. The service is informing its visitors that it “may use peer-assisted networking” and asks whether it would be alright to “access your upload bandwidth.” It then joins an RTMFP P2P network, and within seconds launches a video stream. The app is clearly a demo, with a console prominently displaying P2P settings next to the video, and it has since been taken down.
We wanted to know more, so we got in touch with the video’s producer, Jinni Cao. Our biggest question, obviously, was: How did he get ahold of Flash 10.1 for Android? Turns out Cao works for Adobe R&D in China, which makes the whole video even more interesting. Cao told me that the demo used the multicast and NetGroup features of Flash 10.1, which makes it possible to stream video from a single source to a large number of viewers with the help of P2P.
We’ve been pretty excited about the P2P capabilities of Flash 10.1 ever since it was announced late last year, and the demo shows that Adobe takes this feature seriously as well. Of course, you might notice that the downstream in the demo is much bigger than the upstream. This may be due to a bottleneck of the testing environment, or it could be that there was simply no need to contribute more bandwidth to the network. It’s possible, however, that users running Flash P2P video applications like this one over 3G networks could face similar restrictions.
Adobe showed off Flash 10.1 running on a Nexus One in January, and it recently released a video of a Nexus One streaming March Madness via Flash 10.1. The company also assisted SonicSwap with the development of its Tunevision music video jukebox.
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