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Updated Flash roadmap

Devices-PC, Flash 10, Flash 11, HTML5, OS- Windows Mobile/CE, Operating Systems February 7th, 2013

Adobe recently updated the Flash player roadmap document. No major changes, but there are a few things worth noting. (It also reads like a subtle hint that Flash will not be innovated as rapidly on desktop. Don’t know if this is just a change in course or there’s something else to it :) Here goes. ......continue reading

End of life for Flash etc…

Android, Desktop Flash Player, Flash 10, Flash 11, Flash Enabled Devices, Flash Lite ports, Operating Systems, Processors- ARM January 25th, 2012

Much is being debated about Adobe’s decision to end life for Flash mobile. Remarks have ranged from ‘didn’t Steve Jobs say so’ to ‘what the *#$$’ to ‘I feel like I’ve been let down by Adobe’ and so on. While I am sure Adobe has its own reasons, but in my opinion, it simply came down to ‘Return on Investment’. Now keep in mind, we are Adobe’s scaling partners. So our goal is also to make profit with Flash player (identical to Adobe’s), and have experienced every pain that Adobe has. In this capitalist world, goal of any business is to create ‘value’ in exchange of the ‘effort’ one puts in. In this case, it was just a matter of deciding whether the return on investment on Flash was worth the effort. Ultimately Adobe decided to follow route that would generate dollars as a business and in the process ended up killing Flash on mobile. ......continue reading

Renesas Devcon 2010- session on multimedia technology

Android, Desktop Flash Player, Flash 10, Flash Lite ports, Google, H.264, mpeg and other media codecs, HTML5, Media players, On2 and Sorenson/FLV, Operating Systems, Processors- ARM, Semiconductors October 19th, 2010

Recently I had a privilege to be on the panel at Renesas Devcon 2010. Renesas, for those of you don’t know, is one of the top chip companies and has a large portfolio of microcontrollers.  I was one of the panelists on ‘Meet the Experts’ session that focused on multimedia technologies. The session was titled “Multimedia Issues in Embedded Systems Design”. The audience was fairly interactive during the session and the discussion centered around on Android, Flash, Video, Audio, Hardware decoders and in general challenges in designing successful products. Some of the key giveaways I noted from the session are as follows. ......continue reading

Flash Lite 4 on X86 Linux Framebuffer available

Flash 10, Flash Enabled Devices, Flash Lite 4, Flash Lite ports, OS- Embedded linux, Operating Systems May 9th, 2010

We now have Flash Lite 4 port available on X86 running Linux Framebuffer. Why do you need port on X86 when Flash Lite 4 is meant for low end devices? Well- there are two reasons. ......continue reading

Android kernel parts way from Linux

Android, Devices- Cellphones, Devices- Embedded, Devices- Handheld, Devices- iPhone, OS- Embedded linux, Operating Systems February 8th, 2010

Google’s Android kernel will no longer be part of Linux kernel tree. What this means is that updates from Android will not be intergrated into Linux kernel and vice versa. Linux kernel is an open community and the developers are often posting fixes for security, new device drivers and utilities. The decision seems to have come from Linux community. Linux developer blog suggest that problem seems is with Android’s security model, and framebuffer driver infrastructure. This prevents several Android drivers and platform code from merging into the main kernel tree. The blogger also points that ‘no one seems to care about the Android tree’. ......continue reading

Smartphones: past, present and future

Android, Devices- Cellphones, Devices- iPhone, Mobile phones, OS- Windows Mobile/CE, Operating Systems, Video Technology December 12th, 2009

Smartphone really meant a cellphone with OS, a few applications and a keyboard. Remember the days of Palm Treo 270 and being happy about having one? Then Windows Mobile came, but the game totally changed when Apple jumped into the fray. iPhone almost instantly re-defined how ’smart’ phones could be. Smartphones of today have bigger screens, powerful CPUs, lots of RAM and storage. They come in all shapes and sizes, and one really has to review all the smartphone specs to find out whats the best match for them.  There are tonnes of applications running on different operating systems. All the different platforms (Blackberry, Windows, Palm, Android….) have their own pluses and minuses. The form factor, keyboard, hardware shortcuts…. the list goes on and on. ......continue reading

Flash Lite making it to Automotive Electronics

Devices- Embedded, Flash Enabled Devices, Flash Lite 3, Flash Lite ports, OS- Embedded linux, Operating Systems December 10th, 2009

QNX (owned by Harman International now) has a port of Flash Lite available alongwith the OS distribution. QNX is based on Unix and their Car platform comes with Flash Lite. The company provides users with a reference implementation to Flash Lite for selected platforms such as Freescale. To facilitate the adaption, QNX has put together a fairly large consortium consisting of hardware, software and OEMs. The company also has a portal where application developers can post their applications which would then be downloaded by car drivers. ......continue reading

Flash Lite 3 available as browser plug-in with WinMo6.5

Android, Browsers, Devices- Cellphones, Flash Enabled Devices, Flash Lite 3, Flash Lite ports, Mobile applications, Mobile phones, OS- Windows Mobile/CE, Operating Systems October 14th, 2009

Last week Microsoft announced release of Windows Mobile 6.5 that included Flash Lite 3 plug-in for Internet Explorer. At the same time, several new WinMo based phones were announced such as HTC Tilt2, Imagio and Pure.  With the addition of Flash, users can now view several web sites that are Flash enabled. (Of course the CPU/RAM limitation still comes in the picture, but all these are high end phones and hopefully will have a powerful CPU and should come with some sort of video acceleration. ......continue reading

Flash 10 is now optimized for ARM

Devices- Embedded, Flash 10, Flash Enabled Devices, Flash Lite ports, H.264, mpeg and other media codecs, Operating Systems, Processors- ARM October 5th, 2009

ARM announced today that Flash 10 has been optimized for ARM Cortex-A series of processors. This is great news. In our experience, Cortex-A handles Flash content very well and we have been able to obtain satisfactory experience on a VGA or even higher resolution monitors for video. I hope that the optimized version takes  advantage of the NEON instruction set freeing up CPU to do other tasks. There are however several unanswered questions: ......continue reading

Sharp’s PC-Z1 ‘Mobile Internet Tool’ supports Flash Lite

Devices- Cellphones, Devices- Handheld, Flash Enabled Devices, Flash Lite 3, Flash Lite ports, Google, Mobile applications, Operating Systems September 7th, 2009

I came accross this on Crunchgear. Sharp’s PC 71, Sharp’s new mini laptop, runs Ubuntu and supports Flash Lite 3.1. PC-Z1 has a tiny 5 inch screen and support XGA (1024 x 600) resolution. PC-Z1 apparatenly has performance similar to a PC and is designed for ‘cloud computing’. The device sports Thunderbird, Firefox and Flash Lite 3.1 among other applications. ......continue reading

Blackberry browser to get Flash support?

Devices- Cellphones, Devices- Handheld, Flash 10, Flash Enabled Devices, Flash Lite 3, Flash Lite ports, Mobile applications, Mobile phones, Operating Systems August 20th, 2009

I don’t know if this is just a rumor or if there is any truth to this. I came accross a report on Endgadget that talked about Blackberry adding ‘full’ flash support (I guess that means they’ll have Flash 10) to their browser.  The source they sight is ‘Boy Genius Report’ and I located the source here. It looks as though the actual devices touting Flash player will be available sometimes next year. ......continue reading

Rogue from Gotgame- a browser for gamers

Browsers, Devices-PC, Operating Systems July 10th, 2009

A new browser called Rogue is being marketed by company called Gotgame. The browser allows gamers to have a transparent browser windows on top of the game while they are playing and waiting on something. The demo here shows you can invoke multiple windows from the game. The browser is available on PC. Check out FAQ here. ......continue reading

Silverlight UI for Windows Mobile and CE

Devices- Embedded, Devices- Handheld, Flash Enabled Devices, Flash Lite 3, Flash Lite ports, Mobile applications, OS- Windows Mobile/CE, Operating Systems, Silverlight June 15th, 2009

Microsoft is working on a new engine that allows users to create a rich user interface and thus allows them to hide the underlying OS. Its codenamed as ‘Alchemy’. Alchemy is what will bringer richer UI scenarios such as smooth transitions, 3D animations, etc. that Silverlight enables. Alchemy also will allow developers to use Silverlight technologies on devices without requiring them to run in a browser- in other words it will provide users with a standalone Silverlight version. ......continue reading

Wall Street Journal reviews Adobe’s Flash Lite strategy

Devices- Cellphones, Devices- iPhone, Flash Enabled Devices, Flash Lite 3, Mobile phones, Operating Systems June 4th, 2009

WSJ has a nice article article on Adobes strategy for smartphones and why Flash is not on iphone or Blackberry just yet. Check it out here. ......continue reading

Windows Mobile Flash and PC like browsing analyzed

Browsers, Desktop Flash Player, Devices- Cellphones, Flash Enabled Devices, Flash Lite 3, Flash Lite ports, Mobile phones, OS- Windows Mobile/CE, Operating Systems March 3rd, 2009

According to Microsoft’s Senior Vice President for Mobile Communication group, Flash Lite is an integral part of Windows Mobile future strategy. In a recent interview with Tech Flash, he emphasized that Flash helps make the browsing experience more PC like and therefore will be a key differentiator for Windows Mobile moving forward. ......continue reading