Today Adobe is pushing a quick and stealthy update to Flash Player 11.2 in the Google Play Store that is fixing some problems with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Although they’ve claimed to be dropping support, today’s update will fix some problems specifically related to Android 4.0 ICS, but you’ll have to dig for a change log from Adobe.
The what’s new section on the Play Store doesn’t reveal anything new as the version of Flash will vary from device to device (as will the changes) but the official change log at Adobe.com shows security patches and fixes for a critical security flaw on Android 2.3, 3.0, and 4.0 with the rest of the changes and improvements being related strictly to Android 4.0 ICS. Nothing too exciting folks but here’s the list:
-Seeking while video is paused does not update the frame on Android 4.0 devices (2995454)
-StageVideo using On2 and Sorenson does not work on Android 4.0 devices – AIR Only (3053819)
-After disposing a context3D and requesting a new one, or returning to application from background the new context3D will render black for few frames (3019048)
The main changes are related to video pausing, and seeking (fast forward) on Android 4.0 ICS where users would see black bars instead of actual video for a few frames, as well as frame delays while seeking through video content. While the changes are minimal anything to make video playback smoother and easier is a plus right? Now I can continue watching anything and everything I want on my Galaxy Nexus.