Adobe Systems will release its Flash Player 10.2 application runtime via Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android Market on March 18. Available as a general availability release for Android 2.2 (Froyo) and 2.3 (Gingerbread) and as a beta release for Android 3.0 (Honeycomb), Flash Player 10.2 touts tight integration with the new OS and browser capabilities in the new 3.0 update--Adobe promises smooth playback of high-definition Flash video, along with reduced CPU usage and higher frame rates for existing H.264 video content. Flash Player 10.2 also boasts deeper browser integration, rendering content as part of the web page alongside other components like HTML, images and gif animation.
Flash Player 10.2 additionally includes automatic soft keyboard support, enabling touchscreen device users to more effectively interact with rich content requiring keyboard input. Adobe states that the feature simplifies the development of multiscreen applications requiring keyboard input, making it simpler to optimize desktop applications for mobile devices. A new ActionScript API enables devs to automatically launch and display the soft keyboard.
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