Adobe announced at Mobile World Conference in Barcelona today that source code for Adobe Flash 10.2 has been released to tier one developers and should make it's way to Android smartphones and tablets within the next few weeks. That's moving at a pretty fast pace considering that 10.2 had only been launched on Windows and Mac nearly at the same time. Adobe representatives also said that Android smartphones and tablets using dual-core processors will see the greatest benefit including HD video at 30 frames per second.
“It is definitely noticeable," said Adobe’s Anup Murarka, "we’re seeing higher frame rates, we’re seeing more responsiveness in terms of graphics. We’re going to see this really rapid development of mobile capabilities. With a dual-core Snapdragon processor, we’re able to decode 1080p video on a mobile device. And even though the Snapdragon processor is scaling the 1080p video, we’re actually still seeing 30 frames per second playback.”
In addition to higher frame rates, Murarka said that Flash 10.2 also dramatically cuts down on CPU processor time - which has always been Apple's chief beef against it. Using Stage Video's H.264 hardware acceleration, Android platforms will enjjoy better quality video without taking a hard hit on battery life as before.
Flash 10.2 is also currently being tested on Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) plastforms ... both the Motorola Xoom and Blackberry Playbook with full 3D APIs and rendering scheduled to be released later this year.