Adobe And Qualcomm Talk Flash Details On Windows 8

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Tons of new Windows 8 details are flowing out after BUILD 2011, and the trickle has yet to stop. Adobe's chipping in with a very important tidbit: Flash. Flash remains a huge part of the Web, for better or worse, and with the world's most prominent tablet platform not supporting Flash sites (iOS), but Android supporting it, many were wondering where Windows 8 would position itself. A new post about the Flash Platform Blog has explained that "rich web based games and premium videos that require Flash" will be supported in Windows 8, and the company expects that Flash-based apps will come to the Metro side of Win8 via Adobe AIR. That's a familiar concept; the same has happened with iOS and Android, not to mention BlackBerry.

In related news, Qualcomm has also announced that their Snapdragon CPU line will enable Flash Player on Windows 8, and there's even a prototype Win8 tablet out in the wild to prove it. Where? In the video just below.

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AKwyn replied on Sun, Sep 18 2011 3:50 AM

Well obviously any competing tablet of the iPad will at least have to have some sort of Flash compatibility out of the box.

Still, let's hope this actually amounts to something in the Windows 8 atmosphere.

 

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omegadraco replied on Sun, Sep 18 2011 11:25 AM

Very nice looking prototype. Lets hope that Microsoft manages to get the battery management right in the OS for portable devices such as these tablets and laptops. So far the biggest reason I see Android not taking market share from iOS in the tablet market is battery life. I don't really think the differences are due to the different battery technologies so much but to how the OS is managing tasks running etc. Windows 8 already has shown that it puts tasks into a hibernation mode when they are not being used so hopefully that will work to their advantage.

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gazd1 replied on Sun, Sep 18 2011 12:28 PM

Well it's about time that they started to get support for it. Android has.

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AKwyn replied on Sun, Sep 18 2011 7:10 PM

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So far the biggest reason I see Android not taking market share from iOS in the tablet market is battery life. I don't really think the differences are due to the different battery technologies so much but to how the OS is managing tasks running etc. Windows 8 already has shown that it puts tasks into a hibernation mode when they are not being used so hopefully that will work to their advantage.

An advantage that will soon come over in a similar way to Android. Most people forget (including me) that Android is an open source operating system and therefore any user who wants to is able to modify the code and add new functions to Android pending Google's approval. I mean Android wouldn't be thriving without the people who made it right?

 

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JDiaz replied on Mon, Sep 19 2011 1:06 AM

Android isn't quite completely open source...

http://www.techdrivein.com/2011/08/how-open-source-is-android-after-all.html

Especially thanks to the telecom companies, which impose additional limitations and make things like rooting necessary to regain control.

Besides, doesn't change hardware manufactures providing closed drivers instead of open source effecting driver support and inducing fragmentation in the Android market.

I have no doubt they'll be able to get Flash onto Windows 8 for ARM and Metro for both platforms, but there may be a question of whether they'll support hardware acceleration on ARM. At least on all ARM systems that'll be running Windows 8.

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