With Adobe now focusing its attention on the mobile market, both Flash and AIR appear equally vital to its mobile efforts due to their cross-platform abilities. While it is eyeing all major mobile platforms with the exception of Apple's iOS, it appears to have singled out Android as the most important of the lot. The latest version of Android is the first to feature built-in Flash support. The San Jose-based software company is now looking forward to bringing its AIR platform to Android.
After months of betas and release candidates, the final version of Adobe Flash Player 10.1 is available for download. We've been running the release candidate for a few months, but if you were holding back, now's the time to make the jump. Most of the improvements are not particularly user-facing. The one feature that people will notice is the addition of hardware acceleration of Flash content.
The hardware acceleration will use a computer's graphics processing abilities to more efficiently run Flash content, taking strain off the CPU. The Mac version of Flash 10.1 does not have hardware acceleration built in at this time. This capability is still being developed in the Gala Project. Apple just opened the necessary APIs a few weeks ago, so we expect a bit of a wait.
What we didn't get today is a final version of Flash 10.1 for Android. We don't know when that product will move out of beta and Adobe isn't giving any hints. Get it here. Do you feel like the new Flash is running better on your system?