Flash 10.1 on Google Nexus One via Android 2.2

Google has begun rolling out Android 2.2  update for the Nexus One as an OTA (Over-the-Air) download. Make sure to check the notification tray frequently for a “System Alert” for Android 2.2.

This update includes Adobe Flash 10.1 support since Google have announced the support for Flash Player 10.1 Public Beta.

 A number of web sites have already optimised their content for android 2.2 – this includes the BBC, National Geographic and others.

Good news for Google Nexus One users and other Android users since this really steals a march on other handsets such as the iphone where there will be no support for Adobe Flash 10.1

Flash Player 10.1 on Nexus One and Android

As mentioned in previous posts software giant Adobe is known to be working on delivering Flash Player 10.1 for a wide range of smartphones (including the Google Nexus One Phone) on the market at the moment, but it seems that the company plans on leaving devices powered by various platforms out in the cold. Apple’s iPhone among them, and now we learn that handsets running under Microsoft’s Windows Mobile 6.5 operating system won’t get Adobe Flash v10.1 technology either.

Flash Player 10.1 is one of the most wanted technologies meant to soon arrive on mobile phones in the wild, most of you might know that. Windows Mobile 6.5 was one of the platforms said to almost certainly receive the solution, something that would have made a lot of users rejoice, yet it seems that Adobe changed its mind on the matter, and the older mobile operating system has been removed from the support list.

“You can expect the final release for Android and the Google Nexus One Phone to be available mid-year. All Android devices that meet our minimum s/w and h/w requirements will be supported. Unfortunately, I cannot say a lot more publicly about our port to the Android platform at this time. As for WinMo, we have made the tough decision to defer support for that platform until WinMo7. This is due to the fact that WinMo6.5 does not support some of the critical APIs that we need,” an Adobe representative stated, reports IntoMobile.

In the end, it seems that, even if Windows Phone 7 doesn’t taste Flash Player 10.1 when launched on the market, it will still receive the solution, as Adobe is focused on making the move. However, the owners of a Windows Mobile 6.5-based device won’t receive the news as lightly as one might expect, although they might still have the opportunity to enjoy Adobe’s Flash technology via Flash Light. Windows Mobile 6.5’s performance on the market will be affected even more by the move, that’s for sure, even if Microsoft is still focused on its development.

What are the benefits and advantages of Flash Player 10.1?

 

Ubiquitous Reach

Easily installable and updateable, the full Flash Player will be available on smartphones and other Internet-connected mobile devices, doubling the number of operating systems your content can reach and enabling uncompromised Web browsing experiences.

Flash Player Global error handling

The new global error handler enables developers to write a single handler to process all runtime errors that weren’t part of a try/catch statement. Improve application reliability and user experience by catching and handling unexpected runtime errors and present custom error messages.

Designed for mobility

To deliver on a high level of consistency and move onto mobile platforms with limited memory and processing resources, Flash Player 10.1 leverages hardware acceleration of graphics and video and many other performance improvements, such as rendering, scripting, memory utilization, start-up time, battery and CPU optimizations.

New mobile-ready features that take advantage of native device capabilities include support for multi-touch, gestures, mobile input models, and accelerometer bringing unprecedented creative control and expressiveness to the mobile browsing experience. Watch Flash Player 10.1 video demonstrations that show SWF content running on smartphones.

 

Expanded options for high quality media delivery

Flash Player 10.1 is ready to take advantage of upcoming media delivery technologies that will provide rich media experiences and create new business models. With new HTTP streaming and content protection features with Adobe Flash Access, premium audio and video content can be securely delivered within the browser. Streaming performance is enhanced with improved support for live events, buffer controls and peer assisted networking. Network context-aware services, such as smart seek and stream reconnect, will enable smooth, uninterrupted media playback and improved resource utilization on mobile devices.

Google Earth on the Nexus One

The iPhone will no longer be the only smartphone with a Google Earth App.Google Earth Nexus One Phone

Google Earth app for the Nexus One phone is available for download right now.

It will only work on the Nexus One initially, with other Android 2.1 devices in the future.

To get the Google Earth app for your Nexus One, visit this link from the browser http://m.google.com/earth

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Best Applications for the Google Nexus One

Opera Mini

The must have browser for any smartphone, fast, sweet and reliable.

Last.fm

Superb application allowing you to listen to your favourite songs and artists free

Twidroid

Twidroid is a full-featured Twitter app for Nexus One and other Android smartphones. It’s robust, fast and has all nice eye-candy that you would look for in a smartphone app for Twitter. Twitter isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but a must have for the twitterati

Google Goggles

Google Goggles lets you use pictures taken using your Nexus One’s camera to search for entries about that picture. Great app, good fun

ES  Task Manager

Simple and yet useful app for your Nexus One. It will you kill active applications and even those running in the background.

Beautiful Widgets

The default Widgets use by the Nexus One may be beautiful already, but this fab app makes it even more ….beautiful.

Pandora Radio

The Nexus One’s media player app is maybe not as good as the iPhone’s iPod although both iPhone and Nexus One do not have native radio app, Pandora Radio makes it all happen.

Ringdroid

Great customized ringtones..what more? This gr8 little app lets you create tones, alarms, and notifications from MP3, WAV, AAC/MP4, 3GPP/AMR files.

Handcent (SMS)

Handcent SMS is a FREE enhanced SMS and MMS application for the Nexus One. It support SMS and MMS, fully customizable, power SMS Pop Up window, group sending SMS and MMS, beautiful UI. Great for those text addicts.

ReaderScope

Lets you read RSS feeds from your Google Reader account, Google News and even Twitter. It also enables online/offline read, listenening to podcasts, watching YouTube videos, share over SMS, email, Twitter, Delicious and more.

To download these apps, just search for them from the Android Market on your Nexus One or Android handsets.

These are the Google Nexus One Blog favourite applications – what are yours?