WEB AND GRAPHICS SOFTWARE HOUSE Adobe has released Flash Player 10.1 and said that a final version for the Android mobile OS will be released "later this month".
There are improvements to conserve resources, reduce power usage and extend battery life. Adobe claims that Flash Player can now automatically reduce the power consumption for content running in the background on a non-visible browser tab to improve performance when users are multitasking.
There is better hardware decoding and buffering, P2P video, multicast and http streaming. Peer-assisted networking and multicast are available for Flash Player 10.1 by using Real Time Media Flow Protocol (RTMFP), which enables peers on a network to assist in real time communication and content delivery over the web.
Flash Player now supports peer-assisted networking groups, which allow an application to segment its users and send messages and data between members of the group.
There is also something called Smart seek which means that you can seek within a new 'back' buffer, making it possible to rewind or fast forward video without Flash Player calling back from the server.
There are also Actionscript 3 APIs for multi-touch and gestures. This means that it is possible to work with multiple objects simultaneously or work with native gestures, such as pinch, scroll, rotate, scale, and two-finger tap.
Flash 10.1 has been in beta for a while and it brings in GPU acceleration for H.264 content, if you are using Windows of course.
Apple users will not be able to use it, but since Steve Jobs says they are not allowed to they will not care that much. Users of the Linux based Android mobile OS will also have to wait a little while for a version that runs on their devices.
Adobe has been under fire for its Flash program in recent months, not least from Apple's Steve Jobs who says that it crashes his machines and smells bad. However it is still used on most of the world's websites.
You can download Adobe's Flash Player 10.1 here. µ