It was just about one month ago when Adobe finally rendered the whole Flash-on-smartphones debate a moot point with the announcement that it was ceasing development of Flash Player for mobile devices. While we wouldn’t be able to look forward to the same level of support from Adobe, the company did promise to continue with security-related and bugfix updates. Then, after we learned that the current build of Flash Player didn’t support Ice Cream Sandwich, Adobe relented and committed to one last release to add Android 4.0 compatibility, promised for this month. We’re [...]
Overnight, we caught wind of a rumor that Adobe was preparing to announce its intent to cease work on Flash Player for mobile devices. Sure enough, the company has now made things official, revealing that the end of the road has come for Flash on smartphones.
While the wording of the company’s statement regarding its decision differs slightly from the quote attached to last night’s rumor, the gist is pretty much the same. Android devices and the BlackBerry PlayBook will get a final release, in the form of Flash Player 11.1, and that’s all she wrote (security [...]
Is it a phone, a tablet Or both? The Samsung Galaxy Note is sure to evoke some looks from passersby. With a 5.3 inch HD Super AMOLED display the Galaxy Note is one of the largest smartphones available. Yet even with this enormous screen Samsung has kept the design thin and stylish.
In this video we unbox the new 16GB Samsung Galaxy Note running on Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread (Ice Cream Sandwich will officially come in 2012). Included with the Galaxy Note is a microUSB sync/charging cable, a wall charger, a white in-ear stereo headset, a capacious 2500mAh Li-ion battery, and an [...]
Adobe’s Flash has a bit of an uncertain future on mobile devices. Ever since Apple snubbed it with the iPhone, what was once a mainstay of the PC-based web experience is seeing new technologies like HTML5 arrive to muscle-in on its turf. In order to stay relevant, Adobe needs to keep content providers churning out Flash; one of the ways it can keep developers focused is through the introduction of stand-out features, and that’s what it hopes to achieve with the release of Flash Player 11, announced today for an October release.
Flash Player 11 will be arriving on [...]
Apple’s as stubborn as ever when it comes to Adobe Flash on iOS, but a new software release from Adobe targets Apple’s mobile platform with the aim of bringing at least part of the Flash experience to its users.
Adobe recently announced its Flash Media Server 4.5 and Flash Access 3.0, tools used by producers and distributors of Flash content to serve them out to end-users. Among the new features is built-in support for converting Flash video to a format viewable on the iPhone (HTTP Live Streaming).
The problem is, this feels less like a step towards real [...]
Adobe has a new version of its Flash Player available for Android devices, and this time, it’s thankfully not just a security fix.
Flash Player 10.3.186.6 contains a collection of compatibility fixes that, though they look to be a little specific in their scope, might just be the ticket if you were running into some unexplained issues viewing Flash content with a previous release.
If you ran into slowdowns when viewing really complicated Flash animations, the kind with plenty of vector elements moving on-screen at once, this release includes some optimizations that [...]
Update: the Market comparison shown here turns out to be the new Google Market skin which, for some unknown reason, appeared on this device out of the box vs the original unboxed device.
While Verizon still has some of it’s bloatware installed, overall the Droid 3 from Motorola runs smoothly and efficiently. Bing has not been installed by default, and you can even remove some of the 3rd-party default apps. As for Motorola’s mini-Blur? It’s stable, easy to use, and snappy – which for basic Android users is going to be a big plus.
If you’re hurting for Adobe Flash on an iPhone, you may have already checked out Skyfire’s browser, which transcodes Flash video on Skyfire’s servers before delivering it to you in a format your iPhone can display. What’s a Flash fan to do, though, if you’d rather stick with Safari? Skyfire has just the thing for you, revealing its VideoQ app, which divorces Flash video playback from the company’s web browser.
The way VideoQ works is an interesting approach to the Flash problem, and though it’s far from the most convenient solution we [...]
In this video we demonstrate the software of the Motorola Droid X2 which ships with Android 2.2.2 and a new version of MotoBlur which many consumers will probably favor over the previous version. While some of the apps that come preloaded on the Droid X2 are trials, which can be removed without rooting, some are quite useful such as DLNA, Data Usage, Mobile Hotspot, and other core Android apps.
Verizon has also added their own apps in the mix, but thankfully most of the trial apps are able to be removed by uninstalling. This open approach will probably appeal to more of [...]
Adobe has published a new build of Flash Player to the Android Market, closing a security hole it recently became aware of.
Flash Player 10.3.185.23 for Android includes code to correct a cross-site scripting vulnerability that has the potential to be used to interact with websites on your behalf but without your permission. The chance of such an attack being targeted against smartphone users is remote, but there’s no sense in exposing yourself further when a fix is already available.
In addition to the scripting fix, this release also includes the fix from the [...]
Maybe Apple had the right idea by refusing to allow Adobe’s Flash Player on iOS devices.
Less than a month after the release of Adobe Flash Player 10.2 for Android Adobe has announced a critical security flaw (which they’re calling “CVE-2011-0611”) in their popular Flash Player app.
Versions 10.2.156.12 and earlier of Flash Player for Android include the flaw, along with versions for Windows and Mac as well. Although Adobe isn’t “aware” of any attacks in the wild, the fact that Flash is seeing so many security problems is [...]
If you’re still waiting out on the Motorola Droid 2 in order to get the Android smartphone in its limited edition white R2D2 edition, an homage to the handset’s Droid’s moniker, then you’ll be happy to know that Motorola and Verizon Wireless will also be launching a white desktop docking cradle that will follow the R2D2 theme. It’s good to see a white handset with white accessories, and also to see the theme being carried through to the docking cradle. The R2D2 Droid 2 edition could also use the regular Motorola Droid or Droid 2 desktop cradle as well. [...]
If you’re holding off on the Motorola Droid 2, which launched with Android 2.2 Froyo and support for Adobe Flash out of the box, you may want to wait just a little longer if limited edition phones are your thing. The R2-D2 edition, an homage to the Droid name that the handset bears, is slated for September 30th. The photo above shows the device’s back side.
(via: Android Central)
Among some of the features and customizations of the R2D2 edition of the Motorola Droid 2 for Verizon Wireless is a new boot animation.
Also, it seems that the boot animation has been extracted into a zip file that can be installed onto the original Motorola Droid or even the Droid X. You can grab the file and follow the instructions–available for rooted and non-rooted users–on the Droid-Lige forums.
If you’re the owner of the Droid X or jumped ship on the Droid 2 before the special Star Wars R2D2 edition launched yesterday at select Verizon Wireless communications stores yesterday, then you’ll be happy to know that the custom lock screen available on the R2D2 Droid 2 edition has been ported to the Droid X and Droid 2. The hack, which will require a rooted handset, is detailed on Droid-Life with instructions and the necessary files.
Although the U.S. government has recently “legalized” rooting with an updated version of the DMCA rules, the hack [...]
At long last, Mozilla has released the final version of its mobile browser, Firefox for Android. You can download it in the Android Market right now for free. In the past we’ve seen Firefox Mobile as “Fennec” as it was in beta for a couple of years. It looks like the Firefox was worth the wait: Firefox for Android is as full-featured as they come in terms of Android web browsers, potentially more so than Skyfire, Opera Mobile and Mini, Dolphin HD, and the many other browsers that you can download for Android. Overall, we’re looking at four major features that [...]
Following the update of Flash Player for Android, Adobe has released an update for their Air engine as well.
Version 2.6 not only brings official support for Android 3.0 Honeycomb, but improvements for Android 2.2+ devices as well. These changes include improved performance, updated Android gesture support, improved handling of HTML content within Air apps, smoother video delivery, faster rendering and animation of games, and tighter visual integration between Flash and HTML content.
By itself, Adobe Air doesn’t provide much functionality. However, as apps written [...]
Adobe can’t seem to catch a break! According to their security bulletin, “A critical vulnerability exists in Adobe Flash Player (…) 10.1.106.16 and earlier versions for Android”. Apparently there is a problem inside the Authplay.dll file that ships with virtually every version of the player. Windows, Mac, and Linux versions are also at risk. “This vulnerability (CVE-2011-0609) could cause a crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.”
As of this writing Flash Player 10.1 is the most current version of the [...]
Adobe recently updated Flash Player on desktop machines, and a similar update for the Flash Player for Android will be coming within the next several days. According to their blog, Adobe says Flash Player 10.2 will be available for download on March 18th, 2011 from the Android Market.
Just like the current version, 10.2 will require that you are running Android 2.2 Froyo or above, and that your device meets the minimum hardware requirements.
In addition to enhancements for smartphones, this version also serves as a beta for Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) tablets — but [...]
We were at the Motorola event at CTIA in San Francisco, California when Motorola had announced its business-centric Droid Pro, a world phone that packs in a front-facing one-handed QWERTY keyboard for ease of messaging. Motorola’s goal in creating the device is to hopefully help customers carry one unified convergence device that adjusts between work and play.
According to Motorola executives, consumers, prosumers, and enterprise customers are still carrying multiple devices–perhaps a lighter phone or smartphone, and a messaging or enterprise-ready device such as a [...]
A leaked build of Android 2.2 Froyo has appeared on the Internet for the Samsung Captivate, which has been promised an upgrade by Samsung. Right now, though, it’s unclear whether the build that’s floating around is a final release or if it’s an early build, the latter of which could present problems with future firmware updates.
In the past, early builds have shown up for other Android devices, most notably the Motorola Droid X and the Sprint HTC EVO 4G. With the former, Motorola told customers who upgraded to the early build that there was no easy way to [...]
Early adopters of the T-Mobile G2 Android smartphone, which has been shipping early to existing customers who are eligible to pre-order the handset, are noticing some problems starting to arise. First, some users are reporting loose hinges, which will mean that the screen and keyboard won’t stay tight together when the keyboard should be tucked away underneath the screen in closed position.
The second issue appears to be missing storage, with some users noticing that only 2 GB of storage showing up, half of the promised 4 GB on the retail box. Whether this has to do with [...]
While Sprint may be looking to add another Samsung Galaxy S to is arsenal by the name of the Samsung Transform, its 4G partner Clearwire may be looking to adopt its Galaxy S model by the name of the Epic 4G and rebadge that handset as the Samsung Notion. The speculated Notion is said to have a QWERTY keyboard–like the Epic 4G–a front facing camera with VoIP integration with OOVOO services, and free hotspot features. Whether the Notion will be an exclusive 4G device or whether it will be a dual-mode 3G/4G device like Sprint’s Epic 4G is unclear. The Samsung Notion is [...]
Just a little over a week left to go for the official launch of the T-Mobile G2 on October 6th and someone has already unboxed the device in photos. The 800 MHz Android smartphone will be the first smartphone to make use of T-Mobile’s upgraded HSPA+ network, which the carrier is claiming to deliver 4G speeds though it is still technically a 3G network. There’s a gallery of unboxing photos at TmoNews and Engadget just posted a quick video preview of the device.
Photos from TmoNews.