Adobe unleashed the beta of their Flash 10.2 for Android. It’s supported on Froyo, Gingerbread and Honeycomb devices and promises seriously faster performance.
This is still just a beta and it’s expected to have some bugs. But still, an increase in streaming performance is visible and it’s well worth it to try the update out.
Let’s refresh your memory about the upgrades the Flash player 10.2 brings. Playing a YouTube video at 480p is still hit-and-miss, while a 720p clip is unwatchable. Also if you guys remember an update came out not that long ago for the Motorola Xoom, which Motorola claims is required for the coming Flash 10.2 update.
Adobe promises to fix all this with a more polished version of the update, which will be coming soon. Right now the hardware acceleration of the Xoom is actually turned off and should be enabled with the next release.
The Beta update also promises to bring increased performance to dual-core Android devices, running on versions 2.2 and 2.3. Not to mention a leap in performance on the Android 3.0 for tablets. The latter should be able to stream seamlessly 720p HD quality with the final version of the Flash 10.2. This will seriously put the heat on the new iPad 2, in our opinion.
Older single-core smartphones should get a performance increase too, so don’t think you’re left out if you own a previous generation droid.
There’s no word on the update availability yet, but the beta should hit the Android Market.