Adobe Labs just unveiled two new beta releases for the Adobe Flash Platform. Flash Player 10.1 and AIR 2 betas are currently availble for Mac, Windows, and Linux. The new versions were previewed in October at the Adobe MAX
Flash Player 10.1
Don't let the minor increment fool you. The 10.1 version of Flash Player is Adobe's first step in the Open Screen Project [http://www.openscreenproject.org/], which aims to provide a consistent interface with Flash and AIR across desktops, mobile devices, and netbooks. The main challenge for using Adobe Flash Player on mobile devices is dealing with memory and processing limitations. Adobe expects Flash Player 10.1 to be ready for a broad spectrum of smartphones in 2010 with the final release. A version of Flash Player 10.1 for Palm Pre smartphones is expected before the end of this year.
The main features of Flash Player 10.1 include:
- New ActionScript globalization APIs
- Dynamic streaming improvements with HTTP streaming in 2010
- Hardware-based decoding of the H.264 video format on Windows
- Better RTMFP support
- Content protection with Adobe Flash Access 2
New features in both Flash Player 10.1 and AIR 2 include:
- A mechanism for global error handing
- Support for multi-touch, gestures, and accelerometer
- Microphone access for local audio recording on both Flash Platform runtimes
Adobe says Flash Player 10 was installed on more than 93 percent of computers in just the first ten months since its release. According to comScore Media Metrix, about 75 percent of online videos are delivered using Adobe Flash technology. Adobe AIR 1.0 is installed on more than 200 million desktop computers.
Here is a video previewing Adobe AIR 2.