By Stephen Schenck | May 12, 2011 7:03 PM
Adobe has just updated the Android version of Flash Player to 10.3, about two months since the company released 10.2. The new version offers some bug fixes and performance enhancements over the last edition.
Smartphones with Texas Instruments’s OMAP4 chip, like the upcoming LG Optimus 3D, will see a speed boost thanks to new optimizations. All phones will benefit from upgraded security against malformed SWF files.
The HTC EVO 4G will no longer crash when you attempt to view certain videos, and really long videos, in excess of an hour, shouldn’t cause problems anymore when watched on Motorola Androids. Samsung Galaxy S users may notice that H.264-encoded video, specifically lower-resolution content, will now display correctly. Adobe is also addressing a bug that could stop video from playing in third-party apps unless a proper flag had been set by the developer.
Despite all this progress, there are still some known issues, like freezes on the HTC Desire and Desire HD, and a lack of full hardware-acceleration support when dealing with multiple streams on a Nexus One. Maybe the most annoying, Flash will freeze on the G2 when the phone’s keyboard is exposed.
One thing to note for tablet users: while Flash 10.2 was only considered a beta for Honeycomb, 10.3 is a full-fledged General Availability release.